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Why would seroma develop after open heart surgery?

Why would seroma develop after open heart surgery?

Where?: Any incision may have some bleeding- -and a hematoma may develop. This can become a seroma over time as the blood is resorbed. Or some lymphatic s are disrupted and fluid escapes into tissue. Tissue juices and serum can remain in a wound as well. Most are temporary. All are resolvable . See the surgeon. ...Read more

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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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After open heart surgery rashes around the wound? Why?

After open heart surgery rashes around the wound? Why?

Rash : Most likely fro the tape or dressing. Redness may be just normal healing or inception. It needs to be serially followed. The incision needs to be washed with soap and water. ...Read more

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What is the healing time with staph infection after open heart surgery?

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What is the healing time with staph infection after open heart surgery?

Depends: It depends on how deep the infection is; a superficial infection can often be cleared in a couple of weeks. The deeper the infection, the longer the antibiotic course/risk of complications. The other variable would be if this is a mssa or a MRSA infection, and the choice of antibiotic. ...Read more

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When was the first open heart surgery performed?

When was the first open heart surgery performed?

Definition?: Surgery for trauma on beating hearts successful in Europe in 1890's. Multiple types of surgeries on beating heart done over next 60 years in multiple places including US. First surgery using bypass for bloodless fiels done at University of Minnesota in 1952, and started massive expansion in surgical approaches and abilities that has continued into present day. ...Read more

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Complications from having open heart surgery and getting aortic valve replacement?

Complications from having open heart surgery and getting aortic valve replacement?

There are several: The complications of aortic valve replacement include bleeding, blood transfusions, stroke, infection, renal failure, reoperation, atrial fibrillation and death. Therre are more as well. Fortunately the risks of aortic valve surgery are relatively small for most patients. The exact risks vary from patient to patient. The average risk of death is about 1-2% for most aortic valve replacements. ...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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Can heart bypass surgery require cracking the chest open?

Can heart bypass surgery require cracking the chest open?

Sternal incision: The sternum- breast bone is cut with a special saw and wired back together at completion and heals well in general. Done for most congenital, valvular and coronary operations for great exposure and safety and avoids other incisions in chest or groin! ...Read more

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Could heart bypass surgery require opening up of the chest?

Could heart bypass surgery require opening up of the chest?

Yes: Most CABG procedures still require opening the sternum (breastbone) to some degree. While thorascopic surgery is done, it is not mainstream, and usually requires an access thoracotomy (small incision) for completion. ...Read more

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Is it rare to heal quickly after open heart surgery?

Is it rare to heal quickly after open heart surgery?

NO.: Standard midline sternal approaches take two months to heal completely. Less invasive approaches may heal more quickly and allow for quicker return to activities and work. ...Read more

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Is having a lot of chest xrays done ok if youve had heart surgery for mitral valve repair? Radiation wont damage after heart surgery

Is having a lot of chest xrays done ok if youve had heart surgery for mitral valve repair? Radiation wont damage after heart surgery

Low chance: Many ct scans and other imaging can build up to significant radiation. Most standard chest x-rays are much lower dosage - but to be avoided unless clear indications. ...Read more

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Can having erection effect hernia healing after open mesh surgery negatively?

Can having erection effect hernia healing after open mesh surgery negatively?

No: Basically these are separate anatomic entities. The only common part of the system is where the vas deferens goes through the abdominal wall. The actual erection of the penis is from the blood supply to the penis. ...Read more

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Why are arteries closed after open heart surgery?

Why are arteries closed after open heart surgery?

Many reasons: There are many reasons why arteries are closed after coronary artery surgery. Remember that surgery "bypasses" and does not remove blockages. Most importantly surgery does not chnage the medical problems which caused the blockages (such as cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension, smoking, obesity, and sedentary lifestyle) and unless these are addressed the arteries will continue to close. ...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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Will smoking one cigeratte occasionally ,very rarely affect my heart if i have had open heart mitral valve repair surgery about 1 year ago. ?

Will smoking one cigeratte occasionally ,very rarely affect my heart if i have had  open heart mitral valve repair surgery about 1 year ago. ?

Won't hurt: A rare cigarette won't hurt, but it depends on what you mean by rare, and whether or not you can actually do that. If you can avoid escalating to a regular smoker, fine. Many cannot. Remember the old ads, "just try it for two weeks!" Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Upcoming op for recurrent sport hernia. Prev. op was open suture without mesh. New surgeon will use open anterior w/mesh. Risk of testicular damage?

Upcoming op for recurrent sport hernia. Prev. op was open suture without mesh. New surgeon will use open anterior w/mesh. Risk of testicular damage?

Caution: Not a simple problem. If you have had a previous open repair, and you're still having pain, I would strongly recommend a laparoscopic repair IF you need one. Only about 20% of inguinal repairs are done this way, so you'll have to find a surgeon w/ enough training/experience. Try the Americas Hernia Society website to find one near you. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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When is open lung surgery required?

When is open lung surgery required?

Work in progress!: Open surgery is required when the proper procedure cannot be performed safely and successfully by lesser means. Expertise in minimally invasive techniques is growing by the day so less open cases are required but there are still times when anatomy, exposure, or the disease process dictate an open chest approach. ...Read more

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What are signs of infection after shoulder surgery. I had an open capsular plication with a labrum repair. On my third day post-op.

Infection: The classic signs of infection are warmth, redness, tenderness or pain, swelling or tissue hardness, and in this case you might look for abnormal drainage from the incision, fever, etc. You should definitely go back to your orthopedist and be seen. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can a seroma redevelop 3 months after open ventral hernia surgery with mesh and a wound vac?

Can a seroma redevelop 3 months after open ventral hernia surgery with mesh and a wound vac?

Persistent Seroma: Seromas following surgery can be very frustrating for both the surgeon and for the patient. Though usually most seromas get better with time occasionally there are some seromas to refuse to go away. Seromas that have been present for a long time tend to form capsules which prevents permanent resolution. Sometimes these chronic seromas need to be surgically removed. ...Read more

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Dr. Patricia Foster
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...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