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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 is the recovery after an open appendectomy?

How long is the recovery after an open appendectomy?

Variable: Depends on the size & location of the scar & other factors such as degree of infection. May take 4-6 weeks before one can do all normal activities. ...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

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How long is recovery after meniscus surgery?

How long is recovery after meniscus surgery?

Only your surgeon : can tell you what is best for you. We do not know the important details such as your weight, level of fitness, degree of injury to your meniscus, etc. ...Read more

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How long is recovery after laparososic surgury?

How long is recovery after laparososic surgury?

IT DEPENDS: Laparoscopic surgery has allowed patients to recover faster than open surgery , and is an excellent choice when a viable option. Usually, recovery to full activity is a few days to a couple weeks, but it varies. The general condition of the patient, the procedure performed, and the size and number of trochar sites all play a role. Your surgeon will clearly define your limitations. Good luck. ...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 is the recovery period after an angioplasty?

How long is the recovery period after an angioplasty?

None: You have to beware of the wound in the groin -- so take it easy for about 1 week to prevent bleeding complication. ...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 long is jaw surgery recovery and how painful is the recovery?

How long is jaw surgery recovery and how painful is the recovery?

Recovery: The pain can come and go. There will be some pain after the jaw surgery but that should not be too long. Is your doctor giving you pain meds? If not, why not? Please find out and let me know ...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 long is the recovery period after chalazion surgery?

How long is the recovery period after chalazion surgery?

A few weeks: After incision and drainage, the eyelid can still be swollen and bruised for up to a few weeks. Your doctor may have prescribed an antibiotic/steroid ointment to be used for the first week to help with this. Even when fully healed, sometimes a small residual lump may remain. ...Read more

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How painful is heart bypass surgery recovery?

How painful is heart bypass surgery recovery?

Not very: As expected, the first few days are rough and intravenous narcotics are given to relieve pain and promote sleep. By a week the pain is usually just soreness and easily controlled with oral meds. By a month, most people really don't have much pain or any at all. For some, the vein harvesting site in the leg stays sore longer than the chest. ...Read more

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How long is the recovery time after having surgery for a popliteal aneurysm repair?

How long is the recovery time after having surgery for a popliteal aneurysm repair?

Aneurysm repair: Within 7-10 days staple will come out. Within 2 weeks you can regain regular activities. ...Read more

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After having knee OCD surgery how long is the recovery?

After having knee OCD surgery how long is the recovery?

I do not understand: What the ocd stand for, if stand for osteochondritis dissecans of the knee it depends on the size and how deep the lesion and were the lesion located, some take long time up to year. ...Read more

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How fast is recovery after sinus surgery?

How fast is recovery after  sinus surgery?

Depends on type: Recovery depends a lot on what you're having done and who is doing it. Typically in my patients overnight they have some sponge in their nose, that sponge comes out the next day and they feel "better". It can usually takes a few days after that until they are up and around and then a week until I have my patients at full activity including blowing their nose and exercising. ...Read more

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How long is recovery time from a arthroscopic surgery?

How long is recovery time from a arthroscopic surgery?

2-6 weeks: It depends on how expensive te surgery is and what kind of activity is desired. ...Read more

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How long is uvulopalatopharyngoplasty surgery recovery time?

How long is uvulopalatopharyngoplasty surgery recovery time?

Soft palate surgery: This surgery is typically done to treat sleep apnea. It's purpose is to tighten the opening to the throat by lifting the uvula and the soft palate off the. Back of the throat while sleeping. Patients typically experience moderately intense pain especially during swallowing for 3-5 days. Thereafter the healing process extends for 14-21 days with swallowing and speech gradually returning to norma. ...Read more

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How long is the recovery time for laproscopic hernia repair?

How long is the recovery time for laproscopic hernia repair?

1-2 weeks: While it varies, return to work is often 1 week, even for moderately active jobs. ...Read more

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How long is the recovery period after surgery for lower spine?

How long is the recovery period after surgery for lower spine?

Depends: It depends on the type of surgery. This can range from a few weeks for a mircodisectomy to several month for a mulltilevel fusion. ...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

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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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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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I have CHF and will be having open heart surgery to replace a valve, how long is recovery and will I be in a lot of pain after surgery?

I have CHF and will be having open heart surgery to replace a valve, how long is recovery and will I be in a lot of pain after surgery?

Mostly 3 months: It depends on which valve, how many valves, how the surgery will be done, and your current physical condition. If you are young, doing fine and have normal kidneys, liver, and lungs, and have the surgery for one of your valves, you will recovery quickly like 5 days hospitalization and 1.5-3 months for full recovery. ...Read more

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What is recovery time like for open heart surgery?

What is recovery time like for open heart surgery?

A few months...: It will take some time before you can get back to doing everything that you were doing before surgery. If you have the sternum cut for the surgery, the longest recovery time is for the bone to heal. For the first month we recommend no heavy lifting more than about 10 pounds. No driving. For the second month you can lift up to 25 pounds and drive. By the third month you can go skydiving. ...Read more

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What is the typical recovery period after an open heart surgery?

What is the typical recovery period after an open heart surgery?

6 weeks: The first two weeks are the worst. After six weeks a patient can return to his full-time job assuming that his wound has healed well. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for a 2 year old having an open heart surgery to fix asd vsd and double right chamber?

What is the recovery time for a 2 year old having an open heart surgery to fix asd vsd and double right chamber?

Variable: If all goes well, one week at most in the hospital, and about six weeks to resume many normal activities. Of course some cases are complex and these guidelines would not apply. Ask your child's cardiologists or surgeon what they anticipate. ...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?

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 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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After open heart surgery are you able to lay in the tanning bed? If so how long after surgery?

After open heart surgery are you able to lay in the tanning bed? If so how long after surgery?

Longer is better: Surgical incisions remodel for months. Going to a tanning bed too early risks hyper pigmentation (in addition to the usual tanning risks). Wait at least six months, even longer if possible. As always, tan responsibly! ...Read more

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Its normal if after open heart surgery to retain water in longs and in heart and for how long ?

Its normal if after open heart surgery to retain water in longs and in heart and for how long ?

Water retention: After open heart surgery it takes some time for the kidneys to eliminate the excess fluid. It tends to build up in the lungs and legs. Your cardiologist will be giving you a diuretic to eliminate the fluid. It may take several days. ...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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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 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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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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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

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