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Has Anyone Had An Open Heart Surgery As A Baby
Yes: Certain defects, such as transposition of the great arteries, tetralogy of fallot, coarctation, hypoplastic left heart, tricuspid atresia, pulmonary atresia, truncus arteriosus, large ventricular septal defects, and totally anomalous pulmonary venous return, among others, require heart surgery as an infant for survival. Results are generally very good. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Depends: This depends on the heart lesion. Many forms of heart disease are now treated successfully with surgery. In those cases, the open heart surgery is very well tolerated with the child being home in 1-2 weeks and recovering well. If the heart lesion is very complicated, then the experience can be different. Please discuss this with your child's cardiologist to learn their specific issues. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No pain in surgery: Most of the major centers of excellence will employ a multidiscipllinary team approach. Innovative techniques will be utilized to ensure comfort, minimize blood loss, ensure perfusion to the brain, and focused cooperation/communication with all cardiac surgical team members. ...Read more
Stages: "full" recovery takes months. But i typically think of this in stages. The child is usually hospitalized ~10-14 days. Then the major portion of the recovery is complete by ~2 months (i.e. Home for ~6-8 weeks). But it will take another few months for the sternum to completely heal, etc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Varies: Some operations are more complex, tedious, and complications. Simple ones lead to speedy recovery in infants. They are pliable and quick to heal. ...Read more
I had open heart surgery because I was a premature infant, how does that affect me now that i'm older and pregnant?
Curious question: There is no one size fits all answer. The people that would know will be those with access to your previous history, present state of heart health, general health, etc. You may also want to consult with a geneticist on the risks your baby would have some form of heart defect. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Some severe forms of severe congenital heart disease are not compatible with life without surgical repair, so in some cases emergency surgery in the newborn period is unavoidable. Contrary to what you might guess, infants can recover from surgery very rapidly, usually much faster than adults. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
What surgery?: It depends on what defect was treated. Some defects can be cured with surgery but others can only be palliated. Either way surveillance is important so follow up with the cardiologist is necessary. Some heart defect do lead to a shorter life span. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm 37 years old, female. I had an open heart surgery and had my valves repaired in 2013. My BP is always below 100/70. Is it safe to have a baby?
Follow instructions: You should ask that question to the surgical team that did the surgery. There are generalized answers but also there may be specific instructions depending of the kind of surgery the baby had. ...Read more
Amplatz procedure: I believe you are speaking about the amplatz procedure to use a button type device to close an atrial septal defect. This procedure is used when the hole is not too large and is only in the upper chambers of the heart. It cannot be used to close a "hole" or defect in the ventricular septum or hole between the lower 2 chambers of the heart. ...Read more
Depends: For many, this just fixes things enough that they will have a normal life thereafter, including having children. For others with a complex congenital defect, it just gets them stable enough to survive. Open heart surgery by itself does not end a persons potential to be a mom.The condition that lead to it or the condition afterward would decide that. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Yes: But it has to be supervised closely with cardiologist and perinatologist. ...Read more
Depends: The answer depends on the type of heart problem you have/had and if the surgery completely corrected the problem. You should discuss the possibility of future child bearing with your heart surgeon and also with a perinatologist (high risk OB physician) prior to attempting to get pregnant. Many women are able to conceive and have a safe pregnancy and delivery after cardiac surgery. ...Read more
I'm 44 and had open heart surgery five years ago, and had a stent put n my heart in 2010, is it safe for me to carry a baby?
My 11 day old baby, has tetralogy of fallot, a heart defect, will this require open heart surgery?
Definitely: Total correction will be advised. Need to go to cleveland or columbus. Your pediatric cardiac surgeon and pediatric cardiologist will advise about timing and if staging necessary. Depending on the severity of the right ventricular obstruction and pulmonary artery and valve status, timing of procedure will be advised. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had open heart surgery n may this year to replace my pulmonary valve. With a bovine tissue valve. When would it be safe to start trying for a baby?
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