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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Why am i having collapsed lung after heart surgery?

Why am i having collapsed lung after heart surgery?

Several: Several reasons: air in the chest is very common as the very delicate pleura may be entered anytime. This is called collapse- pneumothorax. The chest tubes drain fluid and air. Post operative atelectasis is also called collapse and follows chest surgery, pain, poor cough, and improves with incentive spirometry, cough with pain control. ...Read more

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Atelectasis (Definition)

Atelectasis (from greek: ἀτελής, "incomplete" + ἔκτασις, "extension") is defined as the collapse or closure of the lung resulting in reduced or absent gas exchange. It may affect part or all of one lung. It is a condition where the alveoli are deflated, as distinct from pulmonary consolidation. It is a very common finding in chest xrays which needs to be interpreted in the ...Read more


Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Could there be negative affect on lung function slightly below average performance 1yr after being on heart and lung machine for Open Heart Surgery?

 Could there  be negative affect on lung function slightly below average performance 1yr after being on heart and lung machine for Open Heart Surgery?

Yes, brain, heart &: brain, etc. because clots form in blood while being moved through the long plastic, non-endothelium lined tubing between your chest & within the heart lung machine a few feet away from your body. Thus heparin is infused into the blood shortly after leaving you body (too much would cause excess bleeding) yet can never prevent all microscopic clots which block microcirulation after returned to body. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Werner
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What can prevent someone that had heart surgery from getting fluid in the lungs?

What can prevent someone that had heart surgery from getting fluid in the lungs?

CHF: Fluid in the lungs after heart surgery is usually due to congestive heart failure. CHF is not an uncommon complication, depending on the condition before surgery and the type of operation but it can be managed efficiently and well by the surgical team. Follow their advice, take medicines as prescribed, don't smoke, and you'll have done all you can do. ...Read more

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What kind of lung problems can result from open heart surgery?

What kind of lung problems  can result from open heart surgery?

Early and late: Early complications can be as minor as a little "shrinkage" f the lung from the anesthesia, and your doc will give you an "incentive spirometer" to encourage you to breath. Still, some people get pneumonia, and this is more serious. During or shortly after surgery, you can get fluid backed up into your lung. Late complications include blood clots, and pleural reactions (fluid around the lung). ...Read more

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Dr. Frederick Tibayan
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Does having heart surgery recently make me more susceptible to lung infections?

Does having heart surgery recently make me more susceptible to lung infections?

In a way.: Pneumonia is a known complication after heart surgery. One of the big reasons for this is that it hurts to cough and take deep breaths because of the incisional/sternal pain after surgery. If you don't cough, your don't clear junk out of your lungs. ...Read more

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My sister had a heart surgery the outcame was good but now she has fluids in her lungs. And also breathing problems?

My sister had a heart surgery the outcame was good but now she has fluids in her lungs. And also breathing problems?

See surgeon: How long ago? What operation? Valve may have failed- coronary graft may have obstructed other complications are possible but frequently fixable! ...Read more

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Is the heart-lung machine put into effect during an open heart surgery?

Is the heart-lung machine put into effect during an open heart surgery?

Cardiopulmonary : Cardiopulmonary bypass machine supports the patient. Tubes- cannulae are placed in the veins to drain by gravity the blood to an oxygenator receptacle, the blood is oxygenated, and pumped through another cannula system to the arterial circulation., the are multiple kinds, and sizes of these tubes! we can place them in any big artery or vein to get the flow we need. ...Read more

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Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
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My cousin 6 weeks baby you just had heart surgery, fluid in her lungs, & other problems, she notice a white spec inside one her pupil. Is it danger?

My cousin  6 weeks baby you just had heart surgery, fluid in her lungs, & other problems, she notice  a white spec inside one her pupil.  Is it danger?

Probably Not: Spots in pupils generally do not indicate anything serious. They can actually be quite common. But if still worried, please talk with your child's cardiologist to learn more about their specific issues. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Heart Surgery (Definition)

Open intervention on the heart to correct congenital cardiac anomalies, repair replace heart valves, ascending aortic dissection repair, coronary bypass, heart transplant, surgical removal of heart tumors, ventricular assist devices, cox maze procedures to cure atrial fibrillation, repair of trauma to the heart. Repair of iatrogenic injuries to heart, heart-lung ...Read more


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