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Heart Surgery Take
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
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
Six weeks: Six weeks if routine and no complications. ...Read more
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?
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
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
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
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
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
How long does it take for ones chest to heal from open heart surgery? And how long does it take to fully recover?
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
I have undergone open heart surgery about two year ago. Valve was replaced with metalic. I have asked to take WARF 4 mg daily? Is it safe?
Yes: Yes if its monitored and you are compliant, it is safe. Follow the doctors advice on dosing and don't miss you regular checks. ...Read more
Where begins and where ends sternotomy scar on chest after heart surgery and what length is this scar? How long takes complete heal of this scar?
2-3 months: Scar usually from sternal notch to upper abdomen. ...Read more
I'm 52 m from india. Had heart surgery (cabg + mvr) in october, 2012. Current INR 2.10, BP - 114 / 74. How much salt per day should I take?
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?
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?
My mom had heart surgery in the last 6 months. She had a stent put into one of her arteries. Would it be safe for her to take Adderall for her ADHD?
This is a question: That needs to be asked of HER health care providers since they will have her full health and medication history. Without that information there are too many variables to be able to safely advise you. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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