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Open Heart Surgery Vs Stent
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?
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
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.
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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. ..See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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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