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How do I get an open heart surgery scar to disappear?

How do I get an open heart surgery scar to disappear?

Not possible: A plastic surgeon can sometimes revise a skin wound in order to make it less apparent. ...Read more

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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 can I get an open heart surgery scar to appear better?

How can I get an open heart surgery scar to appear better?

Scar Revision.: Go and see a reputable board certified plastic surgeon who will evaluate the scar and revise it if it is necesary. ...Read more

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I had open heart surgery as a baby, but I am all grown up now and want to get rid of the scar.?

I had open heart surgery as a baby, but I am all grown up now and want to get rid of the scar.?

Reduce not Remove: There may be many options to reduce the appearance or visibility of the scar but unfortunately there is no way to remove or regenerate normal skin at this point in medicine. Discuss your options with a plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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My 14 week old daughter had an avsd open heart surgery repair which went well. Now has a red rash around her scar. What could this reddening be?

My 14 week old daughter had an avsd open heart surgery repair which went well. Now has a red rash around her scar. What could this reddening be?

Multiple Causes: This depends on when the surgery was done. Reddening could be a sign of infection. It could also be part of the normal healing, or simply an irritant rash. Please review this with your child's cardiologist. ...Read more

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2 questions:can i now start using neosporin on my scar?What do you think of trying to conceive 6 months after open heartsurgery? I am 24 years old and i had open heart surgery called the ross procedure on november 2nd, 2011 due to my bicuspid aortic valve

2 questions:can i now start using neosporin on my scar?What do you think of trying to conceive 6 months after open heartsurgery? I am 24 years old and i had open heart surgery called the ross procedure on november 2nd, 2011 due to my bicuspid aortic valve

2 answers: There is no real benefit to applying neosporin, vitamin e, mederma, etc to your scar. It is advisable to use sun block when outside. Pregnancy is certainly possible after a ross procedure but should be carefully monitored by your cardiologist and obstetrician. Remember, even after successful heart surgery, you require lifelong monitoring by a cardiologist. ...Read more

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How does the heart get blood during an open heart surgery?

How does the heart get blood during an open heart surgery?

May not: Sometimes blood still flows through the coronaries, or the heart is cooled, potassium arrested with solution called cardioplegia. The techniques are selected specific to the operation to be done. ...Read more

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What happens if your 18 and you had open heart surgery can you still get a tattoo?

What happens if your 18 and you had open heart surgery can you still get a tattoo?

Prophylaxis: A tattoo should be safe but depending on what type of surgery was performed you may need to take antibiotics before the tattooing to protect from infecting anything artificial or structurally abnormal left in the heart. Best to know the details of what was done and if antibiotic prophylaxis recommended for other procedures like dental work. ...Read more

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

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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Can i get an easy to understand explanation of ecg, angioplasty - open heart surgery?

Can i get an easy to understand explanation of ecg, angioplasty - open heart surgery?

Heart procedures: An ECG or ekg, electrocardiogram, measures the electrical activity of the heart. It can give an indication of abnormal heart rhythm, heart attacks or many other conditions. An angioplasty is when a small balloon and/or a stent is used to treat a blocked artery in the heart. Open heart surgery is used to describe surgery on the heart, typically for coronary artery bypass or valve related surgery. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more


Open Heart Surgery (Definition)

Not an easy answer. Open heart surgery describes surgical intervention under direct vision involving entering a heart chamber or coronary artery. Percutaneous interventions do not ...Read more