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What is done in a PDA surgery? Is the " hole" simply tied shut or cut off? What is the chance of the hole reopening later in life?

What is done in a PDA surgery? Is the " hole" simply tied shut or cut off? What is the chance of the hole reopening later in life?

Variable: Pda is connection between pulmonary artery and aorta that never closed after birth. Surgery for PDA is variable. Most common method is a left sided thoracotomy, opening chest, and sutures or metallic vascular clips occluding shunt. Sometimes interventional cardiologist via a catheter can place an amplatzer vasculer plug device, spring with two discs occluding ductus. Pda does not usually recur. ...Read more

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Quality of life after surgery to whole right jung?

Quality of life after surgery to whole right jung?

See lung doc: One's pulmonologist can assess pre-op. Usually one's lung function will be measured with a pulmonary function test, to see if a person can even undergo lung surgery and if so, how much. The important thing is to follow one's doc's advice who knows you best, and to treat the underlying reason for the surgery. There will be decrease in quality. Best wishes and god bless. Tough decision to make. ...Read more

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Pt had Surgery Whipples op. Chemo offered but not given as told it would only extend life for another 2 or months. Answers to Hyperthetial question?

Pt had Surgery Whipples op. Chemo offered but not given as told it would only extend life for another 2 or months. Answers to Hyperthetial question?

No cancer?: So stage 4 means metastatic cancer, ie it has spread over the body. A Whipples procedure would not fix this. If it is true fantastic. Wrong diagnosis or misunderstanding from then or now?
Sounds like there may be some confusion, I would recommend to see the doctor and clarify. ...Read more

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After surgery, I am diagnosed with a 1.2cm, grade 2, clear cell, RCC. Survival rates vary between sources on the net. What is my life exp? I am 35 now

After surgery, I am diagnosed with a 1.2cm, grade 2, clear cell, RCC. Survival rates vary between sources on the net. What is my life exp? I am 35 now

Normal.: Assuming the surgical margins were clear (you didn't state if you had a partial nephrectomy or radical nephrectomy (vs cryotherapy/RFA with renal biopsy), your life expectancy would be "normal" for your age - of course, you'd need to practice a healthy lifestyle and diet, avoid smoke/smokers, exercise regularly ("daily")......... ...Read more

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Can a vision correction surgery affects us later in r life?

Can a vision correction surgery affects us later in r life?

Variable: Vision correction with lasik provides a quick improvement in the basic focusing power of the eyes. For most this is stable but some undergo 'regression' in which some of the improved power is lost. Lasik has no impact on the hardening of the lens which causes presbyopia after age 40, so this will occur. ...Read more

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If I'm 23, female, with a 43 degree scoliosis but not sever pain will I need surgery later in life?

If I'm 23, female, with a 43 degree scoliosis but not sever pain will I need surgery later in life?

Depends: You are young with active years ahead of you. Your curve is significant, but timing for surgical intervention with require consideration of an experienced spinal surgeon in reconstruction, a physiatrist and physical therapist for a complete picture. Sometimes pain is not your guide. Future function and career plans count too. ...Read more

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Can popping your neck and back as a young person cause permanent life long damage or lead to surgery?

Can popping your neck and back as a young person cause permanent life long damage or lead to surgery?

Complex issue; yes,: Likely, because such maneuvers, especially enough to create popping sensations, possibly noise, are inherently generating enough tissue trauma to generate the sensation (sound?), body structure, as in all living systems (all open systems; i.e. everything made of keeps changing), is based on a constant remodeling/rebuilding based on previous structure as an ongoing foundation. ...Read more

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Am having a surgery for the first time in my life and am a coffee drinker I drink 4 to 5 cups a day should I stop drink cafe?

Need more info: It all depends on the type of surgery you are going to have. On the average one or two cups of coffee a day should have not effect on you unless you are having heart surgery. Four or more cups of coffee is too much. Tell your surgeon that you are a coffee drinker and make him/her aware of this fact well before the surgery. ...Read more

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50 yr old male. Going to have surgery for aneurysm by coiling method. Some says that I may not be able to go back to normal life. Is it true?

50 yr old male. Going to have surgery for aneurysm by coiling method. Some says that I may not be able to go back to normal life. Is it true?

Results pretty good: There has been a lot of progress made in the coiling of aneurysms in the last 5-10 years I assume this aneurysms is in your brain. Coiling is now the preferred method for treating most aneurysms in the brain and generally is safer than open surgery (which has also improved) AS usual make sure you have a team with a lot of experience in this technique and ask their results beforehand ...Read more

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I ask this w/all seriousness! Why do surgeons say that a disc isn't bad enough for surgery? Why not fix it before the pain is life consuming?

I ask this w/all seriousness! Why do surgeons say that a disc isn't bad enough for surgery? Why not fix it before the pain is life consuming?

Back Pain = No Surg: There are many studies that show that surgery (fusion) is not effective for back pain. Microdiscectomy for a disc herniation causing weakness in a leg is sometimes indicated, but if pain is the only problem, there are frequently other treatments which work better than surgery. Failing these treatment may leave surgery as the only option but until then, it is really best interest not to operate. ...Read more

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I blush alot, it is starting to ruin my life as I am avoiding as much social confrontation as possible. Is ETS surgery a good path to take? Thanks

I blush alot, it is starting to ruin my life as I am avoiding as much social confrontation as possible. Is ETS surgery a good path to take? Thanks

NO: Would only use this as a last resort if at all. It frequently causes serious, irreversible compensatory sweating (excessive sweating on large areas of the body or all over) as well as other debilitating effects such as extreme hypotension, arrhythmia, and heat intolerance. In fact, most physicians do not recommend ETS surgery because of the serious negative side effects of the procedure. ...Read more

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My ball gladder is inflated, but I do not have stones or any other abnormality, is it possible to reduce it and live life without removal surgery.

My ball gladder is inflated, but I do not have stones or any other abnormality, is it possible to reduce it and live life without removal surgery.

Need more info: How did you find out your gall bladder is "inflated"? Are you having pain? What imaging was done? If you don't have gallstones or pain related to your gallbladder, there is no need to have it removed surgically just because it is "inflated" or enlarged. If you have an inflamed gallbladder, also known as chronic cholecystitis, you should talk to your doctor about other treatment possibilities. ...Read more

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Have glaucoma with a life expectancy of 30+ yrs. Plan to work as a paralegal for 10 years. If major surgery done is a detail oriented career over?

Have glaucoma with a life expectancy of 30+ yrs. Plan to work as a paralegal for 10 years. If major surgery done is a detail oriented career over?

No not necessarily: If your glaucoma has progressed despite maximally tolerated medical/laser treatment, and your glaucoma doc has recommended surgery, generally this is to stabilize the disease progression. Your quality of vision depends on how much field loss you have in each eye and your visual acuity. As long as your binoc vision (& central vision)remain in tact your ability to continue with dexterous tasks = ok. ...Read more

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Sir, I am 25. I have hydrocele problem for the past few years and I am actually afraid of surgery because I don't know whether it will affect my married life or not. What should I do?

Sir, I am 25. I have hydrocele problem for the past few years and I am actually afraid of surgery because I don't know whether it will affect my married life or not. What should I do?

Probably not: Repair of a hydrocele should not cause a problem with sexual performance. Your surgeon should be able to give a clear idea of the risks and benefits of surgery. ...Read more

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What are risks for decompression surgery for chiari? Does chiari shorten your life span?

What are risks for decompression surgery for chiari? Does chiari shorten your life span?

Severe hydrocephalus: Or Cerebrospinal Fluid build-up in the brain can occur with any Type of Chiari Malformation & can be fatal if untreated. I referred your question to neurosurgeons on HT, but they need to know the Type & the reason decompression surgery has been proposed. Ask your insurance for a 2nd opinion if you're uncomfortable, as this surgery is proposed because of concerns about your function & safety. ...Read more

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I am 58 had surgery for chiari 1decompression is the chiari gone from surgery? I've ridden horses all my life won't stop now any problem?

I am 58 had surgery for chiari 1decompression is the chiari gone from surgery? I've ridden horses all my life won't stop now any problem?

Be normal: Chisri is a formation of the cerebellum from birth. The surgery did not affect the brain, but just opened the space to release any pressure. Normal and usual activities should be fine. ...Read more

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I'm 29 going for ulcerative colitis surgery and then having pouch surgery. Later in life what's the chances if geting pergnant.

Should not be: A problem unless you have some problem with your female organs. With a j pouch however most ob's would recommend a C-section rather than risk damage to the j pouch with vaginal delivery. Discuss this with your OB and suggest they have a colorectal surgeon standing by for your delivery.
Good luck on your future surgery and future family expansion. ...Read more

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How will prostate surgery affect with sex life?

How will prostate surgery affect with sex life?

Prostate Surgery: I think that most of us here would want to defer to your surgeon for this very important question. It all depends on the surgery and the reason for your surgery and your anatomy. Most urologists work to save the sexual function if they can. ...Read more

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Is medication a life long affair after bypass surgery?

Is medication a life long affair after bypass surgery?

Medications: Not necessarily. Medications may be required to control the risk factors. ...Read more

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Will gartner's duct cyst surgery/removal affect childbirth later in life?

Will gartner's duct cyst surgery/removal affect childbirth later in life?

Possibly, not likely: Any genital surgery can affect the birth canal, however if your gartner's duct cyst was properly removed you should be ok. Please consult with your obstetrician/gynecologist because a pelvic examination is required to answer your question. Take Folic Acid 1-5 mg daily and best of luck! ...Read more

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Can't live my life with a hurt wrist so how can I make it ok again with surgery?

Can't live my life with a hurt wrist so how can I make it ok again with surgery?

Easy: Make an appointment with the surgeon your physician has been bugging you to consult. I mean, really!
(wanted to get your attention, best wishes; wonders await). ...Read more

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Thoughts? Could scoliosis surgery affect my ability to have children later in life?

Thoughts? Could scoliosis surgery affect my ability to have children later in life?

Possibly: Not likely the surgery itself but length of recovery, medications needed, psycho-social factors associated with major surgery may affect this. At age 45, ability to have children later in life also depends on general medical and gender related factors. ...Read more