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Hole In The Heart And Open Surgery Will My Baby Have A Chance Of Having It
Slight increased rsk: Heart defects generally occur at random & are influenced by multiple genes. They are not directly passed down. There is an increased general risk of some heart defect (not necessarily the same one) quoted as ~5% from parent to child. If both parents have some defect the risk would be higher.Genetic counseling with review of a family tree could provide u with specific risks. ...Read more
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
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
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
Pretty good: The surgery not very comlicated and is almost always successful , if there is a good match. The survival is ~70% in 5 years. As rejection prevention strategies improve the long term survival will improve further. ...Read more
Intensive care unit: After surgery for a avsd, your child will be taken to the intensive care unit where he or she will recover.. Your child will likely have a breathing tube, on a ventilator, and many have tubes, such as intravenous (IV) and arterial lines that will allow fluid and medication administration and monitoring. The breathing tube and lines will be taken out as your child's condition improves. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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Yes: But it has to be supervised closely with cardiologist and perinatologist. ...Read more
Do your "homework"!: Any invasive procedure, especially open heart surgery, carries risks that must make sense if you are to consider the benefits. Assuming that you have a good rapport with your doctors, and they are responsive and attentive to your concerns, your next step is to do your homework. Find out if publicly available data exist on your doctor/hospital performance. If in doubt, go for a 2nd opinion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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: 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
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