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Could there be calf soreness after open heart surgery?

Could there be calf soreness after open heart surgery?

Blood clot in vein?!: This is not a common symptom following heart surgery. Of course, anyone can have any symptom, especially if you have been in bed and not using your muscles in one part of the body and they have atrophied. But one thing to rule out is dvt, i.e. Blood clot in veins of the legs. This is not uncommon in people following major surgery, cardiac included, due to inactivity and stasis of blood in the veins. ...Read more

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Dr. Frederick Tibayan
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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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My husband had open heart surgery 2 months ago and has complained about a sore left shoulder ever since. Is this from the surgery? Shoulder was x-rayed and no broken bones.

My husband had open heart surgery 2 months ago and has complained about a sore left shoulder ever since. Is this from the surgery? Shoulder was x-rayed and no broken bones.

Probably : Often when doing bypass surgery we use the left mammary artery which requires us to pull up on the left side to see it. This could cause pain. When spreading the edges of the sternum apart it can put stress on the shoulder, also. Sometimes subconsciously he maybe trying to protect the breastbone and can pull muscles in other areas like neck and shoulder (when coughing sneezing etc). ...Read more

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Had open heart surgery march 21 week and half ago have sore throat and can't talk well very horse sound is this normal i been gargling with salt wate?

Had open heart surgery march 21 week and half ago have sore throat and can't talk well very horse sound  is this normal i been gargling with salt wate?

Tracheal intubation: The raspiness and sore throat are very possibly due to the endotracheal tube that was inserted for general anaesthesia and which caused some irritation. Continue the salt water gargles for now and speak to your surgeon about this at your next follow-up. ...Read more

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My husband has had open heart surgery ( Valve Replacement) They took 2 veins out of his right leg under the knee. His knee swells. What can we do?

My husband has had open heart surgery ( Valve Replacement)
They took 2 veins out of his right leg under the knee.  His knee swells. What can we do?

DVT or support hose: Your should speak with the surgeon or cardiologist. Possibilities include blood clot in leg or, more likely, the veins aren't working as well. Support hose should help, as well as walking. A physician needs to see this to be sure. ...Read more

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What is best to eat after open heart surgery?

What is best to eat after open heart surgery?

Low cholesterol diet: To slow down the atherosclerotic process, a low cholesterol, low sodium diet with fish instead of red meat and polyunsaturated instead of animal fats is ideal. ...Read more

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Why would seroma develop after open heart surgery?

Why would seroma develop after open heart surgery?

Where?: Any incision may have some bleeding- -and a hematoma may develop. This can become a seroma over time as the blood is resorbed. Or some lymphatic s are disrupted and fluid escapes into tissue. Tissue juices and serum can remain in a wound as well. Most are temporary. All are resolvable . See the surgeon. ...Read more

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Is it ok to play ball after open heart surgery?

Is it ok to play ball after open heart surgery?

Yes, but...: You need to wait at least a couple of months for the sternum to heal completely. Early activity can lead to sternal dehisence (the breastbone splits open) which can have deadly consequences. After everything has healed, you can do everything you did before surgery. ...Read more

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Why are arteries closed after open heart surgery?

Why are arteries closed after open heart surgery?

They're not: Coronary arteries are bypassed with vein or other arteries to bring new blood beyond blockages. ...Read more

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Open Heart Surgery (Definition)

Not an easy answer. Open heart surgery describes surgical intervention under direct vision involving entering a heart chamber or coronary artery. Percutaneous interventions do not ...Read more