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Doctor insights on: Open Heart Surgery Vs Stent

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I'm 44 and had open heart surgery five years ago, and had a stent put n my heart in 2010, is it safe for me to carry a baby?

I'm 44 and had open heart surgery five years ago, and had a stent put n my heart in 2010, is it safe for me to carry a baby?

Ask your heart Doc: This is not a question for the site. The best source of information about a complicated issue is the physicians who have examined you and know you best. I would schedule a visit with your heart doc and your prospective OB & seek their input.

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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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Dad had coronary stents and now he has severe chest pain and dyspnea his cardiac contractility function is 32 % is he in need of open heart surgery?

Dad had coronary stents and now he has severe chest pain and dyspnea his cardiac contractility function is 32 % is he in need of open heart surgery?

Ask docs: Sounds like you want to check with his cardiologist. I would also advise to see a second opinion cardiologist to feel comfortable about decisions.

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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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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?

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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What is the duration of open heart surgery?

What is the duration of open heart surgery?

4-5 hours: It depends on which cardiac surgical procedures performed. The actual time includes an hour or two before and after the surgery to prepare the patient.

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How likely is surviving open heart surgery?

How likely is surviving open heart surgery?

Very good: Risk factors can change that, but generally the risk from surgery is low< 2% dying, bleeding, infection etc. Obese, diabetic, renal failure, smokers do not do as well.

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What is the process of an open heart surgery?

What is the process of an open heart surgery?

Heart Surgery: Open heart surgery can mean CABG (bypass surgery), valve surgery, and more. Each process is quite different and complicated. In many cases, the patient receives their anesthesia, the chest is opened and prepared, and the patient is put on a heart lung bypass machine and the surgery is performed, followed by reversal of the steps. In many cases, the surgery can occur while the heart is beating, too.

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Open heart surgery risks/chances, what to do?

Open heart surgery risks/chances, what to do?

Do your "homework"!: Any invasive procedure, especially open heart surgery, carries risks that must make sense if you are to consider the benefits. Assuming that you have a good rapport with your doctors, and they are responsive and attentive to your concerns, your next step is to do your homework. Find out if publicly available data exist on your doctor/hospital performance. If in doubt, go for a 2nd opinion.

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How many kinds of open heart surgery are there?

How many kinds of open heart surgery are there?

Many: This is a very broad question and beyond the scope of this format. In general open heart is performed for repairing/replace valves, bypassing blockages, correcting congenital heart disease, and removing masses such as malignancies. This is not a complete list ofcourse but. ..

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Open heart surgery, what does it involve exactly?

Open heart surgery, what does it involve exactly?

Which open heart: There are several types of cardiac repairs. Which one are you interested on? You open the heart to replace/repair a mitral valve, close inter atrial or inter ventricular defects, open the aorta to replace or repair the aortic valve, to do a heart transplant etc. To do coronary bypass, the heart is not opened, the coronaries are in the surface. So if you tell me which heart surgery youmean I xplain.

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How expensive is it to have an open heart surgery?

How expensive is it to have an open heart surgery?

Depends: It depends on the procedure being performed. Ask your doctor what procedure is being performed and get an estimate from his office on your medical coverage and your our of pocket payment.

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My grandma had open heart surgery what happens next?

Recovery period: After open heart surgery, depending on the type and the pre-surgery condition of the patient, one can expect a variable period of recovery. She can expect one week in the hospital, and then an extended period of gradual recovery to her previous activities. This may require admission to an extended care facility if she has limited assistance at home. The recovery is variable among patients.

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What are the condition requiring open heart surgery?

It depends: Generally, for valvular disease, severity of symptoms as well as echocardiographic findings and changes may require ohs. For coronary artery disease and dysrhythmia, again symptoms or in the absence of which, results of ekg, stress test, and angiographic findings may suffice in decision-making. Sometimes, depending upon the age, risk, and findings, non-ohs may be a better alternative, e.g. Plasty.

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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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What are the main conditions requiring open heart surgery?

Several reasons: Severe blockages usually in multiple blood vessels, repair or replacement of heart valves and repair of aneurysm of the aorta close to the heart.

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