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Is having open heart surgery considered a disability?

Is having open heart surgery considered a disability?

No: Assuming full recovery, return to normal cardiac function and no complications, open heart surgery per se does not result in permanent disability.

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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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Can you have children after having open heart surgery?

Can you have children after having open heart surgery?

Yes as long as: You recover well, there are no complications etc. But simply having open heart surgery does not preclude someone from having children in the future.

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What do you advise if I'm having open heart surgery soon, what to expect?

What do you advise if I'm having open heart surgery soon, what to expect?

Depends: Depends on what's wrong with your heart, what kind of surgery is planned, and what other medical issues you have.

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Could I do gym after having open heart surgery of asd?

Could I do gym after having open heart surgery of asd?

ASD: Talk to your doctor. If your repair was successful and things otherwise are good, exercise will be recommended to you. Discuss the form (s) of exercise appropriate for you with the doctors who know you and your condition.

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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.

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Are there common long-term psychological side-effects to having open-heart surgery?

Are there common long-term psychological side-effects to having open-heart surgery?

Psychological effect: Depression and anxiety are two common psychological effects associated with heart surgery. You should discuss any psychological symptoms and seek a mental health evaluation in consultation with your PCP.

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Does having open heart surgery for valvular aortic stenosis make you live shorter?

Does having open heart surgery for valvular aortic stenosis make you live shorter?

Not Typically: This would not be an expected outcome; in fact, the expected outcome is that one would live a bit longer with the aortic stenosis being corrected. It is possible to have a shorter life expectancy is there is a complication from the surgery.

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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.

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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.

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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".

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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.

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How risky is open heart surgery?

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.

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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.

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What is an open-heart surgery like?

What is an open-heart surgery like?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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