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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

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A friend of mine was in the hospital, and she said she had to get an ablation on her heart. What does that mean? Is that like open heart surgery?

A friend of mine was in the hospital, and she said she had to get an ablation on her heart. What does that mean? Is that like open heart surgery?

Ablation: In this procedure a device is introduced into the femoral artery in the groin and treaded up to the heart. The device has an RF tip (radio frequency) which can be used to burn the superficial tissue in the heart in the attempt to disrupt aberrant pathways. These pathways are causing an irregular heart rate. Once these pathways are carefully mapped the cardiologist ablates the abnormal pathways. ...Read more

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I need the heart diet? Is when your going to get open heart surgery and need to lose weight fast.

I need the heart diet? Is when your going to get open heart surgery and need to lose weight fast.

Sensible calories: There is no special cardiac diet for rapid weight loss. I would recommend watching calorie intake with a balanced diet. Rapid wight loss can be harmful. ...Read more

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Im am 27 years old i hade open heart surgery and a stroke and seazers right after my surgery im still having prob do you think i can get SSI ?

Im am 27 years old i hade open heart surgery and a stroke and seazers right after my surgery im still having prob do you think i can get SSI ?

Caution: I don't know what kind of open heart surgery but by your age possibly valvular disease requiring replacement of mitral or aortic? Possibly endocarditis? I am assuming you are talking about ssri medication. If that's the case, you could take them with very close follow up by your doctor and approval from cardiology. Risk benefit assessment need to be done by your doctors. ...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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Following open heart surgery I've had a very stiff neck and shoulders and when sitting for a while and moving head up and down I get double vision?

Following open heart surgery I've had a very stiff neck and shoulders and when sitting for a while and moving head up and down I get double vision?

Double vision: The surgery and being in hospital as well as stress around the procedure could cause the stiff neck muscles. However, double vision is not likely due to the stiff neck. I would have an evaluation and discuss this with your primary MD. ...Read more

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Husband to go to the ER because he is complaining that his chest hurts, he has COPD and he had open heart surgery in oct three years ago, i found him in respiratory failure, he had a trak, prone to get bronchitis and a host of other medical problems. Th

Husband to go to the ER because he is complaining that his chest hurts, he has COPD and he had open heart surgery in oct three years ago, i found him in respiratory failure, he had a trak, prone to get bronchitis and a host of other medical problems.   Th

Yes: Got to the er for chest pain. Go to the er for respiratory failure (sob, difficulty breathing, air hunger) although it could also be cardiac failure secondary to a heart attack or angina. Combination of COPD and heart disease is not good so must see cardiologist and pulmonologist/or internist (if comfortable in managing sever respiratory problems). Past h/o a trach makes him high risk. ...Read more

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Can you get pregnant after having open heart surgery?

Can you get pregnant after having open heart surgery?

Of course: But doing it may or may not be good for your health depending upon why the surgery was done and what the result was in terms of improving your health. Pregnancy places an enormous demand on the mother's cardiovascular system. If you've had open heart surgery and you're considering pregnancy, see your obgyn and cardiologist before you conceive. ...Read more

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Is it ok to get pregnant a year after open heart surgery ?

Is it ok to get pregnant a year after open heart surgery 
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Check with your team: Best people to advise you on this would be the cardiologist, perinatologist, to name a few. There is not one blanket answer, too many variables involved ...Read more

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Can i still get pregnant if I have open heart surgery and change my valve?

Can i still get pregnant if I have open heart surgery and change my valve?

Yes: Timing is important. And valve type is important due to anticoagulation. If mitral, and repaired, very good likelihood. Also depends on associated signs, like heart failure, sepsis and cause of valvular trouble. ...Read more

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What is the s.T.E.E.R protocol for CT service post op (day1) open heart surgery?

What is the s.T.E.E.R protocol for CT service post op (day1) open heart surgery?

Ventilator: Steer protocols deal with weaning patients from the ventilator. S-screen; t-test; e-exercise; e-evaluate; r-report. ...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