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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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
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
How long does it take for ones chest to heal from open heart surgery? And how long does it take to fully recover?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
Yes: But it has to be supervised closely with cardiologist and perinatologist. ...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
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
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
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