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Neurosurgeon (Definition)

A neurosurgeon is a specialist in the evaluation and treatment of disorders of the nervous system. This includes brain, spine, and peripheral nerve problems. The most common surgeries done are for back/neck problems, head injuries, brain tumors, aneurysms, and strokes. Training for neurosurgery is usually 6-8 years of residency training after medical school. There ...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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Can you he a cardiac surgeon and a heart transplant surgeon?

Can you he a cardiac surgeon and a heart transplant surgeon?

Yes: All heart transplant surgeons are cardiac surgeons. Not all cardiac surgeons practice heart transplants. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to he a cardiac surgeon and a heart transplant surgeon?

Is it possible for you to he a cardiac surgeon and a heart transplant surgeon?

Yes: A heart transplant surgeon has to be a heart surgeon before doing heart, heart lung and lung transplants. To be a heart surgeon you train 2 or 3 years after being a general surgeon to become a thoracic surgeon. A heart surgeon has to maintain unos criteria to do transplants. (united organ sharing organization) need to be at a transplant center. ...Read more

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Now refered to a heart surgeon fr mitra valve replaced.how long will i wait fr the operation now plz?

Now refered to a heart surgeon fr mitra valve replaced.how long will i wait fr the operation now plz?

Local Question: That question is impossible to answer here on this international website. We have no connection to your physician or hospital or their scheduling. This is a question for your care team locally. Not for Health Tap. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me some good ways to get steady hands to become a heart surgeon?

Can you please tell me some good ways to get steady hands to become a heart surgeon?

Cardiac surgeon: You first need a steady brain to be able to learn what you need to learn. The physical dexterity needs lots of practice and repetition like training for a sport. ...Read more

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What happens if you're under the knife for a new surgery and your surgeon has a heart attack?

What happens if you're under the knife for a new surgery and your surgeon has a heart attack?

Heart surgery: The surgeon having the heart attack is in the hospital so he/she is in a good place to get treated with dispatch. The assisting surgeon in the or with the patient can take over and the patient(not surgeon)will continue to be cared for. If the assistant needs another lead surgeon, they'll send for one. ...Read more

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Why would a surgeon cancel your surgery because a heart murmur? What are the risk of being put under with a heart murmur in a 24yr old?

Why would a surgeon cancel your surgery because a heart murmur?  What are the risk of being put under with a heart murmur in a 24yr old?

Death in Surgery: Because the number one complication in surgery is unexpected cardiac events. Your surgeon will need to know the extent of your history and get a sense for them and the surgery team how to get you safely through your surgery. ...Read more

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I am about to go to go to college.How should I prepare myself in the courses to take, when trying to become a heart surgeon as a profession.

I am about to go to go to college.How should I prepare myself in the courses to take, when trying to become a heart surgeon as a profession.

Preparing 4 Medicine: Here are a few things to know. You will change you mind and that is okay. Physicians are often artists or attracted to the arts. No matter where you want to go in medicine you should be having a full life, with lots of experience with other humans. Travel if you can. Volunteer to help someone that is less fortunate then you are. Get to know people with different stories than yours. Study well. ...Read more

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How are heart transplant surgeon and heart surgeon different?

How are heart transplant surgeon and heart surgeon different?

Training: Cardiothoracic surgeons are trained the surgery of the heart, lungs, and congenital defects. Cardiac transplant surgeons have this level of training, and in addition, are specifically trained in cardiac and lung transplantation. ...Read more

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Which type of heart surgeon performs coronary bypass surgeries?

This defines them: Heart surgeon (cardiovascular surgeon) does coronary bypass surgeries as well as heart valve replacements. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is a specific name for a heart transplant surgeon?

Please let me know if there is a specific name for a heart transplant surgeon?

Cardiac Surgeon: A cardiac or cardiothoracic surgeon specializes in surgery of the heart, lungs and other organs in the chest. This may include transplants of the heart and lungs. ...Read more

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What is the best heart surgeons for aorta valve replacement in pasadena texas?

What is the best heart surgeons for aorta valve replacement in pasadena texas?

Texas has many : There are several excellent academic and teaching hospitals in texas that are among the world's finest when it comes to aortic valve replacement. Baylor medical center in houston, texas heart institute in houston, university of texas in austin or san antonio, and several teaching hospitals in dallas area are outstanding. Those are just a few of the many excellent places in texas. ...Read more

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Is arnica Montana safe? It says online to not take oral. But my surgeon seems to think it's fine. Can it cause heart issues? Already have pvcs.

Is arnica Montana safe? It says online to not take oral. But my surgeon seems to think it's fine. Can it cause heart issues? Already have pvcs.

See below: Arnica Montana is a useful anti-inflammatory herb when used as a cream, but it is toxic when taken internally. Arnica is also sold as little white Homeopathic pills which are safe to ingest because in the popular 30X dilution they contain no Arnica, just plain water. There is no scientific basis for the claims of Homeopathy that despite having no molecules of the substance the "essence" remains. ...Read more

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How much training do heart surgeons go through?

How much training do heart surgeons go through?

Usually 12+ years: Four years of medical school, five years of surgical residency, additional three years of subspecialty cardiac surgery. Then add more time for any research or sub-subspecialty work. Some special tracks may allow some consolidation of training. But it also matters where they got their training, not just how long. ...Read more