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Doctor insights on: Open Heart Surgery Scar Removal

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How do I get an open heart surgery scar to disappear?

How do I get an open heart surgery scar to disappear?

Not possible: A plastic surgeon can sometimes revise a skin wound in order to make it less apparent. ...Read more

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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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How can I get an open heart surgery scar to appear better?

How can I get an open heart surgery scar to appear better?

Scar Revision.: Go and see a reputable board certified plastic surgeon who will evaluate the scar and revise it if it is necesary. ...Read more

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I had open heart surgery as a baby, but I am all grown up now and want to get rid of the scar.?

I had open heart surgery as a baby, but I am all grown up now and want to get rid of the scar.?

Reduce not Remove: There may be many options to reduce the appearance or visibility of the scar but unfortunately there is no way to remove or regenerate normal skin at this point in medicine. Discuss your options with a plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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My 14 week old daughter had an avsd open heart surgery repair which went well. Now has a red rash around her scar. What could this reddening be?

My 14 week old daughter had an avsd open heart surgery repair which went well. Now has a red rash around her scar. What could this reddening be?

Multiple Causes: This depends on when the surgery was done. Reddening could be a sign of infection. It could also be part of the normal healing, or simply an irritant rash. Please review this with your child's cardiologist. ...Read more

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2 questions:can I now start using neosporin on my scar? What do you think of trying to conceive 6 months after open heartsurgery? I am 24 years old and I had open heart surgery called the ross procedure on november 2nd, 2011 due to my bicuspid aortic valve

2 questions:can I now start using neosporin on my scar? What do you think of trying to conceive 6 months after open heartsurgery? I am 24 years old and I had open heart surgery called the ross procedure on november 2nd, 2011 due to my bicuspid aortic valve

2 answers: There is no real benefit to applying neosporin, vitamin e, mederma, etc to your scar. It is advisable to use sun block when outside. Pregnancy is certainly possible after a ross procedure but should be carefully monitored by your cardiologist and obstetrician. Remember, even after successful heart surgery, you require lifelong monitoring by a cardiologist. ...Read more

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What is the s.T.E.E.R protocol for CT service post op (day1) open heart surgery?

What is the s.T.E.E.R protocol for CT service post op (day1) open heart surgery?

Ventilator: Steer protocols deal with weaning patients from the ventilator. S-screen; t-test; e-exercise; e-evaluate; r-report. ...Read more

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For how long does open heart surgery last?

For how long does open heart surgery last?

It depends: It depends on what operation you are talking about, taking certain medications, and controlling conditions like hypertension and diabetes. Talk to your doctor if the operation lasting as long as possible is very important to you. This consideration can inform some choices for particular operations, such as heart valve surgery. ...Read more

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How much time does open heart surgery last?

How much time does open heart surgery last?

Open heart surgeryy: Open heart surgery encompasses lots of different procedures. It generally implies being placed on a heart lung machine during the surgery. The time differs depending on what procedure (s) is/are being performed. In general the range is 90min to many hours such as 4 to 6 depending on the complexity of the problem being operated. ...Read more

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How does your age or sex affect open heart surgery?

How does your age or sex affect open heart surgery?

Age only: In general males and females have almost the same results after cardiac surgery. Women have a slightly worse outcome given that they present later in their disease process. Older patients generally have more comorbidities and hence are at higher risk for cardiac surgery. ...Read more

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Is it rare to heal quickly after open heart surgery?

Is it rare to heal quickly after open heart surgery?

NO.: Standard midline sternal approaches take two months to heal completely. Less invasive approaches may heal more quickly and allow for quicker return to activities and work. ...Read more

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I had open heart surgery. Can I still have children later?

I had open heart surgery. Can I still have children later?

In general, yes: Having your heart operated on, by itself, does not affect the ability to have children. Specific medications, like coumadin, (warfarin) or your particular heart condition, may affect this however. It is best to talk to your physician for specifics. ...Read more

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When is open heart surgery needed vs less invasive options?

When is open heart surgery needed vs less invasive options?

Age and severity: Coronary artery disease is now often treated with stents placed during a cardiac cath, instead of open heart surgery. What is unclear is whether stents last as long as bypass, or if they are as good for multiple vessle disease. Younger patients, mand patients with more severe multiple vessel disease may do better with an open heart bypass. ...Read more

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What is the difference between open heart surgery and by-pass surgery?

What is the difference between open heart surgery and by-pass surgery?

Not much: Open heart surgery is any surgery in which the chest cavity /sternum is opened. It doesn't necessarily mean bypass surgery is performed. Bypass surgery is a type of open heart in which blockages are bypassed with conduits that are arterial or veinous. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how open heart surgery and bye pass surgery differ?

Can you please tell me how open heart surgery and bye pass surgery differ?

Overlap: Coronary artery bypass operations are heart operations done for atherosclerosis with obstruction to blood flow and symptoms of angina or heart attack. Heart surgery includes coronary, congenital, valves, tumors, etc. Truly open heart surgery is inside the heart, and coronary is on the surface, but the terminology has become commonplace. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How does the heart get blood during an open heart surgery?

How does the heart get blood during an open heart surgery?

May not: Sometimes blood still flows through the coronaries, or the heart is cooled, potassium arrested with solution called cardioplegia. The techniques are selected specific to the operation to be done. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more


Open Heart Surgery (Definition)

Not an easy answer. Open heart surgery describes surgical intervention under direct vision involving entering a heart chamber or coronary artery. Percutaneous interventions do not ...Read more