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Is it possible for open heart surgery at 9 days old cause brain damage or problems?

Is it possible for open heart surgery at 9 days old cause brain damage or problems?

Yes: Congenital heart surgery on newborns is very risky. Most lesions are very complicated and the kids are already very sick. ...Read more

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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80yr.Has a cerebrovascular event in the early perioperative stage of an open heart surgery operation. Abort operation or go on ? The surgeon choose not to abort the operation to assess for the severity of injuries to the brain. The outcome of the operatio

80yr.Has a cerebrovascular event in the early perioperative stage of an open heart surgery operation. Abort operation or go on ? The surgeon choose not to abort the operation to assess for the severity of injuries to the brain. The outcome of the operatio

I : I do not believe any physician reviewing this comment will be able to appreciate the condition of this patient going into surgery to assess the risk factors, rationale and options for treatment. I doubt that the surgeon would have known the patient was having a stroke during the cardiac procedure. It is not the usual practice of monitoring brain activity during cardiopulmonary bypass. Clearly there was significant cardiac problems, if indeed this patient required two valve repair/replacement, coronary artery bypass grafting and thromboendarterectomy. The fact that the patient suffered multiorgan system failure (as you suggest with the comment that there was "sustained irreversible vital organs damage"), suggests that the pump time was perhaps longer than usual, but understanding also that the organs of an 80 year old patient are fragile to start with. The finding of bilateral strokes on post-op day 3 would be consistent with events that occurred during or shortly after surgery, but likely not known during surgery. So unless there were other indications for the surgeon to abort, then continuing with the operation was understandable. I suggest you make an appointment with the surgeon to discuss your concerns and questions personally, to iron out any confusion or misunderstandings that exist and to bring closure to this case. ...Read more

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My sister son 5 month older , and doing their heart surgery heart is off and problems on brain due to lack oxygen. So what are we doing now?

My sister son 5 month older , and  doing their heart surgery heart is off and problems on brain due to lack oxygen. So what are we doing now?

Depends: The options depend on how severe the brain injury was, time with low oxygen etc. There are many possible treatments depending on those issues. Please talk with your child's cardiologist to learn more about your specific issues. ...Read more

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I am worried about cancer due to radiation because I have had 4 brain CT scans in a year.Plus a heart CT before brain surgery.Plus 3 contrast dyes.

I am worried about cancer due to radiation because I have had 4 brain CT scans in a year.Plus a heart CT before brain surgery.Plus 3 contrast dyes.

Past: Your radiation exposure already happened and very unlikely cause any abnormality. Time to move on. You can not change the past and risk is very low. ...Read more

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I'm a 57-year-old man who had an open-heart surgery in 2008. 2 weeks ago, a stony-hard mass appeared at the site of the operation. What can it be?

I'm a 57-year-old man who had an open-heart surgery in 2008. 2 weeks ago, a stony-hard mass appeared at the site of the operation. What can it be?

By site of the: operation I assume you mean the scar on your chest. This could be any of a number of different things none of which can be diagnosed over the internet. The mass needs to be seen and evaluated. Go to see the heart surgeon and show it to him. ...Read more

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What is open heart surgery?

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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Why is open heart surgery necessary?

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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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?

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

Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more