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Has anyone done open heart surgery to repair a hole on a child with a patch?

Has anyone done open heart surgery to repair a hole on a child with a patch?

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

Dr. Osbert Fernandez
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Gynecologic Surgery (Definition)

Gynecological surgery relates to procedures involving the pelvis and women's reproductive organs. This usually includes surgery affecting the ovaries, the fallopian tubes, the uterus, and the cervix. It can also involve the bladder and the surrounding, supportive structures and tissues of the pelvis. Common surgeries are d&c, tubal sterilization, hysterectomy, bladder ...Read more


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Is it worth doing angiography for a person who has done open heart surgery 5 years ago?

Is it worth doing angiography for a person who has done open heart surgery 5 years ago?

Depends: New coronary obstruction graft stenosis graft blocked and patent but stenosed vessel these can all be indications for treatment, some by angioplasty and stent, some by reoperation can be very successful in the proper setting. ...Read more

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Subsequent to heart surgery patients suffers acute renal failure, dialysis done breifly then low b.P occurs now dialys?

Subsequent to heart surgery patients suffers acute renal failure, dialysis done breifly then low b.P occurs now dialys?

Depends : Very low blood pressure sometimes hurts kidney function. The need for dialysis in the acute hospital setting is determined by complications of poor kidney function. Your physician can help explain this in the context of the specific patient. ...Read more

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Will there be fever post open heart surgery of aiotic valve replacement and bye pass surgery, if so, what should be done.?

Will there be fever post open heart surgery  of aiotic valve replacement and bye pass surgery, if so, what should be done.?

Only transiently: If you have undergone aortic valve replacement and are running a fever this could signal potentially life-threatening complications and you should be seen both by the cardiovascular surgeon who did the procedure and by an infectious diseases expert. ...Read more

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Why are the following tests done preoperatively for open heart surgery? Echo...chest X-ray.....pfts.....and urinalysis?

Why are the following tests done preoperatively for open heart surgery? Echo...chest X-ray.....pfts.....and urinalysis?

Preparation: You are having surgery for a reason. Preparation makes the surgery safer by finding issues that would be problems if they were not known. Overall, the better prepared you and you surgeon are, the better the results. ...Read more

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Can you die from CHF I have it real bad my chest stays hurting and I'm swollen all over I have type 2 Diabetes and my father he done had 5 heart attacks he got the same thing and he had open heart surgery and they had to put stints in his heart valves and

Can you die from CHF I have it real bad my chest stays hurting and I'm swollen all over I have type 2 Diabetes and my father he done had 5 heart attacks he got the same thing and he had open heart surgery and they had to put stints in his heart valves and

Yes: Unfortunately, heart failure is very serious and progression is life threatening. There have been great strides in improving outcomes, but any effective treatment relies on patients learning about the disease and knowing how to respond to symptoms, how to effectively manage fluids, and how to make heart healthy lifestyle decisions.If the chest pain is new, head to the ED tonight. ...Read more

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What is open heart surgery?

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What is open heart surgery?

Open heart: When the chest wall is surgically opened and heart is exposed and surgery performed on the heart or it's arteries we refer to this as "open heart surgery". ...Read more

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Who does an open heart surgery?

Who does an open heart surgery?

Heart surgeons: 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

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How risky is open heart surgery?

CABG 1-2 % mortality: For coronary artery bypass surgery generally in the 1-2% mortality range; for valve replacement 4-5%, higher in re-do surgery. ...Read more

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How costly is open heart surgery?

How costly is open heart surgery?

It depends: The cost will depend on your insurance carrier. The hospitals typically bill around $40-$50, 000 for the entire procedure and hospitalization. ...Read more

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What is an open-heart surgery like?

What is an open-heart surgery like?

See my previous post: Hello pandora -- please see my previous posting --. ...Read more

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Why is open heart surgery necessary?

Last resort: Heart surgery is typically held in reserve for patients with problems that are life-threatening that cannot be fixed with medications or fixed with percutaneous procedures performed in the cardiac catheterization laboratory. ...Read more

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How dangerous is open heart surgery?

How dangerous is open heart surgery?

It depends: Factors like your age, general health, other health problems you might have, prior heart surgeries, pumping function of your heart, and, of course, what particular operation is being considered, all affect the risk of a particular surgery. ...Read more

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How is the open heart surgery performed?

How is the open heart surgery performed?

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

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Could a third open heart surgery be safe?

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

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Why would someone need open heart surgery?

Why would someone need open heart surgery?

Multiple reasons : The most common cause of heart disease resulting in cardiac surgery is either blocked coronary arteries or a problem with one of the heart valves. ...Read more

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What's it like to have open heart surgery?

Serious: 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

Dr. John Michalski
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Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery (Definition)

This term usually means an orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint surgery. More specifically a joint replacement surgeon that can reconstruct an injured, malformed or degenerated joint. We can fix the ligaments, bones, muscles and shock absorbers around the joints, and we can put new surfaces or ends back on the bones. We use biologic and manufactured parts during our ...Read more


Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Transplant Surgery (Definition)

Transplant surgeons are fully trained in general surgery and have spent additional years training how to technically perform organ transplants. They also know the medicine and immunology of treating patients with immunosuppression. Remember that it is one thing to surgically remove an organ (if it is diseased), but very tough to remove it + keep it healthy enough to be ...Read more