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Open Chest Surgery
Open chest surgery wound changed today - wiped with iodine. Now bandage is wet & yellow. Is this ok? Previous dressing was dry.
Chest surgery is a method of treating problems in the chest that generally require something to be cut out (biopsy or removal of tissue) or something to be repaired. Examples include removing tumors, removing sections of damaged lung, repairing birth defects of the trachea or esophagus, coronary artery bypass grafts, repairing ...Read more
Why are the following tests done preoperatively for open heart surgery? Echo...chest X-ray.....pfts.....and urinalysis?
Honest discussion: Every patient is an individual. Important to discuss with your surgeon what are "reasonable expectations" of recovery and outcomes. A skilled thoracic surgeon will always seek the least invasive surgical technique possible to safely achieve the surgical goal and best outcome for you. He/she will describe before procedure their planned approach. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
By positive: More important than saying anything is first listen to him or her understanding the pt fears will help you be a more empathetic friend good luck. ...Read more
Depends: Depends on the planned operation and your underlying health. There are some tests that are often done to assess risk and help in planning the operation. Routine labs and often an ekg are done. Almost always, pulmonary function tests are performed to assess lung capacity. If there are risk factors or symptoms present, it may make sense to do a stress test. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Transgendered Care: If you are not a patient of an expert in the care and treatment of transgendered patients you can go here to find someone in philadelphia: http://www.Glma.Org. Of course you can have top surgery, even if you bind. Your primary care physician should be able to help you find someone local to help you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Remove or repair: Most surgical treatments are recommended to patients to either repair, remove or replace a broken body part. For chest body parts, the possiblities of chest surgery treatment are many and include remove a lung, or a lung mass, repair an artery or a heart valve. You can ask your surgeon or doctor for more details about your condition and the details of the recommended chest surgery treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Transgendered Care: If you do not find anyone close to home i work with a couple of surgeons in the seattle area that do this surgery for my ftm patients. ...Read more
Get a letter from MD: Not sure what you're asking. What does your teacher want to know? A letter from your doctor might provide the essential information. ...Read more
Maybe.: If your scar is immature, (less than a year), it may continue to fade with time. Scar massage can be helpful. If the scar is thick, pink, itchy, it my be hypertrophic or a keloid. For this there are specific treatments and a qualified dermatologist or plastic surgeon should be able to advise you. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Can i wear underwear during chest surgery? Since it is nowhere near down there will they allow it?
Thoracic surgeons operate on the chest and the organs within: airway, heart, lungs, esophagus, chest wall, mediastinum, etc. You may also find a common title of "cardiothoracic surgeon" or in more specialized regions a distinction will be made between heart surgeons and non-heart surgeons, i.e. "cardiovascular ...Read more
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