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How long does open heart surgery take to complete?

How long does open heart surgery take to complete?

Depends: Most coronary operations are about 3-5 hours for average surgeon, disease and place.
Some pride on speed, but thorough and careful is a good idea.
Valve operations also vary with how bad the valve is, and if more than one valve needs work. ...Read more

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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How long could heart surgery take?

How long could heart surgery take?

Depends: There are multiple cardiac operations available, and they all take different times. The times are also surgeon- specific, and patient characteristics also come into play. ...Read more

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How long could heart surgery take to complete?

How long could heart surgery take to complete?

It varies: Depends on what kind of surgery, individual patient anatomy, patient health, whether there is a history of previous heart surgery that may cause scarring, to name a few factors. ...Read more

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Is there a reason heart surgery takes so long to perform?

Is there a reason heart surgery takes so long to perform?

What operation?: Coronary bypass takes about 3-4 hours.
Some time to, induce anesthesia.
Some time to prep.
Some time to open.
Some time to do the graft harvest and anastomoses.
Then time to close.
Much quicker now than historically.
Combined operations take longer, depending on the specifics. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I take digoxin due to having a form of heart surgery over to take an Advil (ibuprofen) and took a digoxin. Should I be okay?

What do you recommend if I take digoxin due to having a form of heart surgery over to take an Advil (ibuprofen) and took a digoxin. Should I be okay?

OD?: I think you're saying you took an extra digoxin? IF it's just 1, you'll be okay. If more than one, you may not feel well and if more than 3, you should see your doctor for a check. ...Read more

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I've never had a problem using viagra (sildenafil) and have had bypass surgery, recently I had to have a Stent after 15 yrs of heart surgery. Can I still take viagra (sildenafil)?

I've never had a problem using viagra (sildenafil) and have had bypass surgery, recently I had to have a Stent after 15 yrs of heart surgery. Can I still take viagra (sildenafil)?

Viagra (sildenafil) and stent: This question needs to be asked of your doctor/cardiologist who knows you, your condition and your medications. If you are taking nitrates as part of your medications then you can't use the viagra (sildenafil) type drugs. Ask your Doc to explain all this to you. ...Read more

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I was born with transposition of the great vessels. I've had 4 open. Heart. Surgeries. I take enalapril and carvedilol. Do you think I qualify for ssi?

I was born with transposition of the great vessels. I've had 4 open. Heart. Surgeries. I take enalapril and carvedilol. Do you think I qualify for ssi?

Thanks for asking!: It depends on the functional status of your heart. If you had a mustard or senning operation, your right ventricle is pumping to your systemic circulation. This un-natural stress on the right ventricle often leads to heart failure, fatigue, and poor exercise tolerance. If you have these issues you would likely qualify for ssi. ...Read more

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How long does it take to wake up from open heart surgery?

How long does it take to wake up from open heart surgery?

Anesthesia: Anesthesiologists often run the case so a patient is awake very rapidly at the end of the procedure. Not all anesthetic runs aim for this however. Discuss the specifics with the anesthesia team doing the procedure. ...Read more

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How much time does it take to recover from open heart surgery?

How much time does it take to recover from open heart surgery?

Recovery time: Recovery time from cardiac surgery varies by the general condition of the patient and the type of surgery. For an uncomplicated coronary bypass surgery in an otherwise normal patient, can be out of hospital in under a week and back to work after around 6 weeks on the average. With complicated surgery in an ill patient these numbers can be significantly longer. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from open heart surgery?

Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from open heart surgery?

2 months: Traditionally most patients have showered and left hospital in 4 or 5 days post op. They are then seen in office at 10 days and most are ready to get back to their life. They generally are tired still. I recommend 2 months off work, no strenuous exercise, and then start cardiac rehab. If you had minimally invasive surgery with smaller incision or no sternotomy recovery is faster. ...Read more

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How does to take to fully recover after open heart surgery on an infant?

How does to take to fully recover after open heart surgery on an infant?

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 more

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How long does it take for ones chest to heal from open heart surgery? And how long does it take to fully recover?

Variable: It generally takes a year to fully recover after open heart surgery, though the wounds will be healed after a couple of weeks. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the breastbone to fuse after an open-heart surgery?

How long does it take for the breastbone to fuse after an open-heart surgery?

6-8 weeks: The sternum heals like any broken bone in your body, taking 6-8 weeks to fully heal. ...Read more

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Does the sternum fuse together after open heart surgery and how long does it take?

Does the sternum fuse together after open heart surgery and how long does it take?

Yes, like bone fract: The sternum is a bone & heals like any other bone. It is "fractured" (cut) at the start of open heart surgery. At the end of surgery, the sternum is usually "sewn up" using metal wires to hold the 2 parts together. Further bone healing (fusion) occurs over the course of 3-6 months (eg, as with a broken arm). Wires hold the sternum together in that time & fuse with bone as it heals. Ask surgeon. ...Read more

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My son 10 year old son just had open heart surgery. How long does recovery take so he can start playing outside? Riding his bike & playing football?

My son 10 year old son just had open heart surgery. How long does recovery take so he can start playing outside? Riding his bike & playing football?

Talk to MD: The surgeon will be the one to best gauge the rate of recovery. This can depend on type of surgery, underlying defect and recovery from surgery. Best case with the information you have provided is months before even thinking about football. ...Read more

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I had heart surgery (CABG+MVR) in Oct 2013.Taking warfarin. Current INR 2.1.How long should I monitor INR, take warfarin and avoid green leafy vegs?

MVR: Mvr could be repair or replacement
that's why we try to avoid abbreviations
if repair, may be a few months.
Depending on replacement choice could be 3 months or if a mechanical valve could be for life! ...Read more

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How long should it take to get over open heart surgery with a staph infection?

How long should it take to get over open heart surgery with a staph infection?

Varies: Depends on the site of infection (mediastinum, sternum, superficial soft tissue, vein harvest site, central line, lung, bladder, etc), immunosuppression, nutrition, and treatment. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take medications like Xanax (alprazolam) or Zoloft if you had heart surgery. Mitral valve repair? Will these effect in any way?

Is it okay to take medications like Xanax (alprazolam) or Zoloft if you had heart surgery. Mitral valve repair? Will these effect in any way?

Should be OK.: It is not unusual to take these medications after heart surgery. It is important, however, to make sure your doctors know what medicines you are taking. ...Read more

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What is open heart surgery?

What is open heart surgery?

Open heart: When the chest wall is surgically opened and heart is exposed and surgery performed on the heart or it's arteries we refer to this as "open heart surgery". ...Read more

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Who does an open heart surgery?

Who does an open heart surgery?

Heart surgeons: Heart surgeons are medical doctors who have completed 4 years of medical school, 5 years of general surgery residency, and 2-3 years of cardiothoracic residency.
Don't let anyone else operate on you. ...Read more

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How risky is open heart surgery?

How risky is open heart surgery?

CABG 1-2 % mortality: For coronary artery bypass surgery generally in the 1-2% mortality range; for valve replacement 4-5%, higher in re-do surgery. ...Read more

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How costly is open heart surgery?

How costly is open heart surgery?

It depends: The cost will depend on your insurance carrier. The hospitals typically bill around $40-$50, 000 for the entire procedure and hospitalization. ...Read more

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What is an open-heart surgery like?

What is an open-heart surgery like?

See my previous post: Hello pandora --
please see my previous posting --. ...Read more

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Why is open heart surgery necessary?

Why is open heart surgery necessary?

Last resort: Heart surgery is typically held in reserve for patients with problems that are life-threatening that cannot be fixed with medications or fixed with percutaneous procedures performed in the cardiac catheterization laboratory. ...Read more

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How dangerous is open heart surgery?

How dangerous is open heart surgery?

It depends: Factors like your age, general health, other health problems you might have, prior heart surgeries, pumping function of your heart, and, of course, what particular operation is being considered, all affect the risk of a particular surgery. ...Read more

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How is the open heart surgery performed?

How is the open heart surgery performed?

Bypass: The heart is stopped and the blood returning to the heart is instead diverted to the pump oxygenator, a machine that adds oxygen to the blood which is then pumped back into the aorta. So the surgery can be done with the heart stopped and with the blood bypassing the heart chambers. After the surgery on the heart is completed, the blood is directed back through the heart and lungs. ...Read more

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Could a third open heart surgery be safe?

Yes: Well, it is technically more difficult for a heart surgeon if the patient has had previous surgery, but it still should be safe and, of course, if the surgery is indicated, that is not a reason not to do it. In deciding about whether to operate on a patient, we compare the risk with the potential benefit. ...Read more

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Why would someone need open heart surgery?

Why would someone need open heart surgery?

Multiple reasons: The most common cause of heart disease resulting in cardiac surgery is either blocked coronary arteries or a problem with one of the heart valves. ...Read more

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For how long does open heart surgery last?

For how long does open heart surgery last?

It depends: It depends on what operation you are talking about, taking certain medications, and controlling conditions like hypertension and diabetes.
Talk to your doctor if the operation lasting as long as possible is very important to you. This consideration can inform some choices for particular operations, such as heart valve surgery. ...Read more

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What's it like to have open heart surgery?

What's it like to have open heart surgery?

Serious: Work up, includes blood samples
x-rays, cardiac catheterizing through groin or arm
if surgery appropriate! Preop, prep, clipping, anesthesia, devices, lines catheters, open sternum, do the operation, dry up, cleanup, go to recovery icu, and wake up and cough, deep breathe, get out of bed, get devices remove and go home in 5-7 days. ...Read more

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Can a two-tear-old get open heart surgery?

Absolutely!: Thousands of children get open heart surgery every year with great results. Want to make sure you work with a good team at an experienced center, starting with pediatric cardiologist and pediatric cardiac surgeon. May want to research depending on the surgery proposed to find out who has the most experience in your area. ...Read more

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What is the duration of open heart surgery?

What is the duration of open heart surgery?

4-5 hours: It depends on which cardiac surgical procedures performed. The actual time includes an hour or two before and after the surgery to prepare the patient. ...Read more

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Who performed the first open heart surgery?

Who performed the first open heart surgery?

Not enough info: Open heart surgery may simply refer to an exposed heart in the chest. The surgery itself may be as simple as a biopsy or as complicated as a vessel bypass with valve replacement and aneurysm repair. You may also be referring to the use of cardiopulmonary bypass which allows surgeons to stop the heart and essentially pumps blood to the other vital organs while the heart is repaired. ...Read more

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How likely is surviving open heart surgery?

Very good: Risk factors can change that, but generally the risk from surgery is low< 2% dying, bleeding, infection etc.
Obese, diabetic, renal failure, smokers do not do as well. ...Read more

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How much time does open heart surgery last?

How much time does open heart surgery last?

Open heart surgeryy: Open heart surgery encompasses lots of different procedures. It generally implies being placed on a heart lung machine during the surgery. The time differs depending on what procedure (s) is/are being performed. In general the range is 90min to many hours such as 4 to 6 depending on the complexity of the problem being operated. ...Read more

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