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Bypass heart surgery risks?

Bypass heart surgery risks?

Many but uncommon: Bypass surgery is major surgery. There are risks although the majority of patients don't get them or at most one. Rhythm disturbances, bleeding, and infection are the commonest. Congestive failure, collapsed lung, torn sternal wire from coughing occasionally occur. Nerve damage, stroke, heart attack, death are rare but sometimes occur (<1-2% generally). ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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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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Is CABG (coronary artery bypass grafting) an open heart surgery or closed heart surgery?

Is CABG (coronary artery bypass grafting) an open heart surgery or closed heart surgery?

Closed: While the chest is opened to get to the heart to do bypass surgery the heart is not opened. The arteries are on the surface of the heart and therefore approached directly. See picture. ...Read more

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Dr. Otto Placik Dr. Placik
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Heart lung surgery (Tip)

Surgery may be the best remedy for you but rehab is key. ...See more

Dr. Joshua Batt Dr. Batt
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Treating a Collapsed Lung (Checklist)

Go to the ER for x-rays and initial treatment
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Use high flow oxygen
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Collapsed lung recovery?

Collapsed lung recovery?

Patience: Chest tube drainage/evacuation will often resolve pressure imbalance instantly. The hole in the lung from trauma or spontaneous collapse can potentially seal in just a few days (like a scab). The lung tissue takes longer to fully heal, depending on type of injury. If from trauma, associated chest wall injury (rib fractures, etc...) as well as chest tube site may take weeks to months to heal. ...Read more

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Life expectancy for heart lung transplant?

Life expectancy for heart  lung transplant?

Varies with time: The most recent data on patient survival after a heart-lung combined transplant is that about 80% at 1 year, 50% at 5 years, and 25% at 10 years are alive after the transplants. ...Read more

Dr. Ryan Phasouk Dr. Phasouk
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Heart lung surgery (Tip)

The key to healing, from a major surgery, is great nutrition. ...See more

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Treating a Lung Nodule (Checklist)

Recognize that most nodules are benign scars, not malignant
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Remember to obtain any previous images that show the nodule
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Research whether it's best to follow the nodule or to biopsy it
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What causes lung fluid retention after heart valve surgery?

What causes lung fluid retention after heart valve surgery?

It depends: The lungs can retain fluid because the pressure in the blood vessels of the lungs is high. This can be because of volume overload - too much fluid in the body, or because the heart needs higher pressures to fill. It can also be because the blood vessels of the lung are leakier due to inflammation after surgery. ...Read more

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Heart problems like shifting after lung removal surgery?

Heart problems like shifting after lung removal surgery?

It Can: Especially have removal of an entire lung, or pneumonectomy. The heart and great vessels can shift to the side of the lung that was removed. This is called "post pneumonectomy syndrome". It is a rare condition and can limit the blood returning to the heart and/or the blood leaving the heart. ...Read more

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Dr. Zahid Niazi Dr. Niazi
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Heart lung surgery (Tip)

Move it, move it - post surgery/injury. Best outcome. ...See more

Dr. Boris Aronzon Dr. Aronzon
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Heart lung surgery (Tip)

Pre- surgery physical therapy sometimes helps with faster recovery. ...See more

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Can heart bypass surgery require cracking the chest open?

Can heart bypass surgery require cracking the chest open?

Sternal incision: The sternum- breast bone is cut with a special saw and wired back together at completion and heals well in general. Done for most congenital, valvular and coronary operations for great exposure and safety and avoids other incisions in chest or groin! ...Read more

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Is triple heart bypass surgery dangerous?

Is triple heart bypass surgery dangerous?

Define dangerous: It is major surgery. People who need it are already in danger, in danger of a heart attack, or a sudden life threatening rhythm disturbance. Every case is individualized; some patients (and mds) may opt for medical management. The best surgical results come from places and docs that have high volume (not a "factory"), not the occasional case. Can get info state by state re: success and complicatio. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Long Dr. Long
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Heart lung surgery (Tip)

Be aware that there are specialists in all areas these days. This applies to rehabilitation from surgery or injuries as well. I would advise you to seek out the experts and then let their advice become your routine. Time and space separate you from whatever initiated the damage. Focus on what you have and then go from there. Some of us will pass through life without splitting a toenail. Most of the rest of us are not so lucky. ...See more

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What are the risks and benefits of stenting diseased blood vessels / heart bypass surgery / heart transplant / artificial heart valve transplant?

What are the risks and benefits of stenting diseased blood vessels / heart bypass surgery / heart transplant / artificial heart valve transplant?

Way too complex: This question is way to complex for a short text Q&A. Individual patient information is needed to really discuss risks and benefits. This discussion needs to be with a live cardiologist and/or cardiac surgeon. ...Read more

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Double lung trabsplant kidney and lung failure is it terminal?

Double lung trabsplant kidney and lung failure is it terminal?

Unknown: It sounds like you a reporting lung failure after a double-lung transplant? Lung failure (or respiratory failure as commonly known in the field) can have many causes, some reversible, some not. Check with your doctor about what is causing the lung failure and if the cause is reversible or not. ...Read more

Dr. David Brouwer Dr. Brouwer
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Heart lung surgery (Tip)

When can pt start after surgery/injury? How many weeks are helpful? Does pt fax progress note to doc. ...See more

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