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How long does open heart surgery take to complete?

How long does open heart surgery take to complete?

Depends: Most coronary operations are about 3-5 hours for average surgeon, disease and place. Some pride on speed, but thorough and careful is a good idea. Valve operations also vary with how bad the valve is, and if more than one valve needs work. ...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 long does it take to wake up from open heart surgery?

How long does it take to wake up from open heart surgery?

Anesthesia: Anesthesiologists often run the case so a patient is awake very rapidly at the end of the procedure. Not all anesthetic runs aim for this however. Discuss the specifics with the anesthesia team doing the procedure. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from open heart surgery?

Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from open heart surgery?

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 more

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Does the sternum fuse together after open heart surgery and how long does it take ?

Does the sternum fuse together after open heart surgery and how long  does it take ?

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

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My son 10 year old son just had open heart surgery. How long does recovery take so he can start playing outside? Riding his bike & playing football?

My son 10 year old son just had open heart surgery. How long does recovery take so he can start playing outside? Riding his bike & playing football?

Talk to MD: The surgeon will be the one to best gauge the rate of recovery. This can depend on type of surgery, underlying defect and recovery from surgery. Best case with the information you have provided is months before even thinking about football. ...Read more

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For how long does open heart surgery last?

For how long does open heart surgery last?

It depends: It depends on what operation you are talking about, taking certain medications, and controlling conditions like hypertension and diabetes. Talk to your doctor if the operation lasting as long as possible is very important to you. This consideration can inform some choices for particular operations, such as heart valve surgery. ...Read more

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How much time does it take to recover from open heart surgery?

How much time does it take to recover from open heart surgery?

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

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How long before i can start exercising after open heart surgery?

How long before i can start exercising after open heart surgery?

Heart Surgery: I ask my patients to walk 10-20 minutes twice daily right away but caution that they are not expected to set land speed records. This should be combined with a cardiac rehab program and increase to one hour twice daily. ...Read more

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How long will sundowning continue after open heart surgery?

How long will sundowning continue after open heart surgery?

It varies: If indeed it is sundowning, and not something else (medications, hypoxias, infections, metabolic, etc), it should improve within days as the brain recovers and a more normal routine is instituted. Sometimes, recovery is not complete until the patient is home amidst more familiar surroundings. ...Read more

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How does to take to fully recover after open heart surgery on an infant?

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 more

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How long is the recovery time following open heart surgery on an infant?

How long is the recovery time following open heart surgery on an infant?

Varies: It depends on the condition of the child prior to surgery, as well as the underlying condition, and the procedure done. The more complicated the procedure, the longer the recovery. ...Read more

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How long until edema resolves after open heart surgery? Why does it happen?

How long until edema resolves after open heart surgery? Why does it happen?

Edema: Alot will depend on underlying heart function. If heart function is weak edema may represent cardiac faliure and require medical treatment . If cardiac function normal it should resolve in 7-10 days . Ask your cardiologist !! ...Read more

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What are the long term complications of a baby having open heart surgery for an asd?

What are the long term complications of a baby having open heart surgery for an asd?

Minimal: Open heart surgical repair of an ASD carries the most risk at the time of surgery, due to anesthesia. Long term a few patients will develop an atrial arrhythmia; most are perfectly fine. ...Read more

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After the open heart surgery how long to continue dilzem, storevas, clopivas, and reconia?

After the open heart surgery how long to continue dilzem, storevas, clopivas, and reconia?

Probably long-term: Most people with heart surgery require some degree of medication for life following the surgery. I'm not too familiar with the particular medications you are listing, but people with heart surgery for blocked arteries ("bypass" surgery) typically require blood pressure, heart, and cholesterol medications indefinitely, along with an aspirin. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how long is a hospital stay for open heart surgery ?

Can you tell me how long is a hospital stay for open heart surgery ?

Open heart surgery: The stay can be a few days to weeks depending on the kind of surgery and the presence or absence of complications to the surgery. ...Read more

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Docs, usually how long is recovery after open heart surgery on an infant?

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

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