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Are this many complications common after open heart surgery? My dad, 69 years old--overweight but no other health problems other than heart. 11 days ago had triple bypass, aortic valve replacement, and block for afib. Two hours after surgery needed anot

Are this many complications common after open heart surgery? My dad, 69 years old--overweight but no other health problems other than heart. 11 days ago had triple bypass, aortic valve replacement, and block for afib. Two hours after surgery needed anot

I: I am so sorry that your dad and your family are having to go through this. As you know, that is an extremely major surgery. Triple bypass with aortic valve replacement and procedure for atrial fibrillation is extremely extensive surgery. Factors that can affect the surgery and outcome include the condition of the patient prior to surgery, age, kidney function prior to surgery, and the condition of the heart prior to surgery. Keep an open line of communication with the doctor and nursing staff so that your family's questions can be answered to your satisfaction. I wish the best for your father. ...Read more

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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I had open heart surgery now having sharp pains in the chest what could be the problem?

I had open heart surgery now having sharp pains in the chest what could be the problem?

Incision: Usually sharp pain after a sternotomy is incisional. You might have pulled something if you were overexerting yourself. If pain meds don't make it improve then make appointment to see your surgeon. ...Read more

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What kind of lung problems can result from open heart surgery?

What kind of lung problems can result from open heart surgery?

Early and late: Early complications can be as minor as a little "shrinkage" f the lung from the anesthesia, and your doc will give you an "incentive spirometer" to encourage you to breath. Still, some people get pneumonia, and this is more serious. During or shortly after surgery, you can get fluid backed up into your lung. Late complications include blood clots, and pleural reactions (fluid around the lung). ...Read more

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Sir is was operated with open heart surgery (pulmonary r.P) 1year back but still having some problem but I want to punch punching bag. What can I do?

Probably: At a year the sternum-breast bone should be healed.
Work your way through cardiac rehab to check your general capacity.
Then start slow and steady to, your maximum level
boxing may not be ideal in terms of taking the hits, but I have had a patient return to that as well. ...Read more

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Is it possible for open heart surgery at 9 days old cause brain damage or problems?

Is it possible for open heart surgery at 9 days old cause brain damage or problems?

Yes: Congenital heart surgery on newborns is very risky. Most lesions are very complicated and the kids are already very sick. ...Read more

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Will I be able to talk to the perfusionist before my open heart surgery. I have a lot of questions about cognitive problems from bypass machine.?

Will I be able to talk to the perfusionist before my open heart surgery. I have a lot of questions about cognitive problems from bypass machine.?

Possibly: Your surgeon should also be able to address these questions, as they are certainly well-versed in the complications related to bypass, and also what sort of bypass will be needed for your case. On the other hand, I'm certain most centers could easily arrange for you to spam with the perfusionist... ...Read more

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Husband to go to the ER because he is complaining that his chest hurts, he has COPD and he had open heart surgery in oct three years ago, I found him in respiratory failure, he had a trak, prone to get bronchitis and a host of other medical problems. Th

Husband to go to the ER because he is complaining that his chest hurts, he has COPD and he had open heart surgery in oct three years ago, I found him in respiratory failure, he had a trak, prone to get bronchitis and a host of other medical problems. Th

Yes: Got to the er for chest pain. Go to the er for respiratory failure (sob, difficulty breathing, air hunger) although it could also be cardiac failure secondary to a heart attack or angina.
Combination of COPD and heart disease is not good so must see cardiologist and pulmonologist/or internist (if comfortable in managing sever respiratory problems). Past h/o a trach makes him high risk. ...Read more

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What is best to eat after open heart surgery?

What is best to eat after open heart surgery?

Low cholesterol diet: To slow down the atherosclerotic process, a low cholesterol, low sodium diet with fish instead of red meat and polyunsaturated instead of animal fats is ideal. ...Read more

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What person lived longest after open heart surgery?

What person lived longest after open heart surgery?

Non likely known: Well one of my patients had the surgery in 1972 so that's about forty years. She is doing fine so maybe she will be #1 someday but I doubt if anyone knows. I'm sure someone can beat 40 years. ...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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What are the foods to be avoided after open heart surgery?

What are the foods to be avoided after open heart surgery?

Valve or vessel?: Prudent diet good idea for all. Avoid high fat, sugary, high salt, processed meats, processed grains. Eat more vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes, whole train bread, cereal, pasta, low fat or no fat dairy, poultry, fish. Dash diet (online): dietary approach to stop hypertension is tasty, nutritious, easy, has data supporting its use. There are others as well. Talk to dietician. ...Read more

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How long before I can start exercising after open heart surgery?

How long before I can start exercising after open heart surgery?

Heart Surgery: I ask my patients to walk 10-20 minutes twice daily right away but caution that they are not expected to set land speed records. This should be combined with a cardiac rehab program and increase to one hour twice daily. ...Read more

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Can you suggest some heart exercises that I can do after open heart surgery?

Can you suggest some heart exercises that I can do after open heart surgery?

Walking: The easiest and safest exercise is walking, but consult with your cardiologist before starting an exercise program and periodically afterwards. ...Read more

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After open heart surgery if as of now I bench 225. After surgery when would I be able to start working out with this type of heavy weight again?

After open heart surgery if as of now I bench 225. After surgery when would I be able to start working out with this type of heavy weight again?

Minimum 3 mo: I restrict my patients to 10 lbs with arms for 6 weeks followed by another 6 weeks with limits of 25 lbs. Also no pushing or pulling. After the 3 months you can begin building back up slowly. ...Read more

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Will I lose weight after open heart surgery?

Will I lose weight after open heart surgery?

Likely be advised to: People tend to lose weight after heart surgery more so because of being advised that their bad food habits have to change for them to have a chance of a prolonged life. So if you are having surgery at age 36 then your doctors will definitely talk to you about getting cholesterol under control and any other medical issue like diabetes, stopping cigarette smoking and adding exercise to your routine. ...Read more

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Why would seroma develop after open heart surgery?

Where?: Any incision may have some bleeding- -and a hematoma may develop. This can become a seroma over time as the blood is resorbed.
Or some lymphatic s are disrupted and fluid escapes into tissue.
Tissue juices and serum can remain in a wound as well.
Most are temporary.

All are resolvable. See the surgeon. ...Read more

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Why can one's personality change after open heart surgery?

Why can one's personality change after open heart surgery?

Major life event: Heart surgery brings one to recognize one's vunerability and some react with fear and depression - can be treated with medications. Others react with a positive change in their attitude towards loved ones and life generally. ...Read more

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How long will sundowning continue after open heart surgery?

How long will sundowning continue after open heart surgery?

It varies: If indeed it is sundowning, and not something else (medications, hypoxias, infections, metabolic, etc), it should improve within days as the brain recovers and a more normal routine is instituted. Sometimes, recovery is not complete until the patient is home amidst more familiar surroundings. ...Read more

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How does to take to fully recover after open heart surgery on an infant?

How does to take to fully recover after open heart surgery on an infant?

Stages: "full" recovery takes months. But I typically think of this in stages. The child is usually hospitalized ~10-14 days. Then the major portion of the recovery is complete by ~2 months (i.e. Home for ~6-8 weeks). But it will take another few months for the sternum to completely heal, etc. ...Read more

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How long until edema resolves after open heart surgery? Why does it happen?

How long until edema resolves after open heart surgery? Why does it happen?

Edema: Alot will depend on underlying heart function. If heart function is weak edema may represent cardiac faliure and require medical treatment. If cardiac function normal it should resolve in 7-10 days. Ask your cardiologist!! ...Read more

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Why are arteries closed after open heart surgery?

Many reasons: There are many reasons why arteries are closed after coronary artery surgery. Remember that surgery "bypasses" and does not remove blockages. Most importantly surgery does not chnage the medical problems which caused the blockages (such as cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension, smoking, obesity, and sedentary lifestyle) and unless these are addressed the arteries will continue to close. ...Read more

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Is it ok to play ball after open heart surgery?

Is it ok to play ball after open heart surgery?

Yes, but...: You need to wait at least a couple of months for the sternum to heal completely. Early activity can lead to sternal dehisence (the breastbone splits open) which can have deadly consequences. After everything has healed, you can do everything you did before surgery. ...Read more

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How to prevent infection after open heart surgery?

Multiple: Well cleaned preop
bactrian nasally
excellent prophylactic antibiotics given on time
careful prep of skin
excellent surgical technique and tissue handling and careful closure
Ŕll are standard practices but there is still an incidence if infection:
diabetes
obesity
contamination
etc. ...Read more

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Could there be calf soreness after open heart surgery?

Could there be calf soreness after open heart surgery?

Blood clot in vein?!: This is not a common symptom following heart surgery. Of course, anyone can have any symptom, especially if you have been in bed and not using your muscles in one part of the body and they have atrophied. But one thing to rule out is dvt, i.e. Blood clot in veins of the legs. This is not uncommon in people following major surgery, cardiac included, due to inactivity and stasis of blood in the veins. ...Read more

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When can I drink coffee after open heart surgery?

When can I drink coffee after open heart surgery?

Ask surgeon: If you are the individual with the heart surgery, I am concerned of a more complex cardiac history. A 33 year old having undergone significant cardiac surgery should directly discuss all these matters with both surgeon and cardiologist. Diet after any surgery is discussed with specific surgeon. Coffee is often started with regular diet. ...Read more

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After open heart surgery rashes around the wound? Why?

After open heart surgery rashes around the wound? Why?

Rash: Most likely fro the tape or dressing. Redness may be just normal healing or inception. It needs to be serially followed. The incision needs to be washed with soap and water. ...Read more

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Docs, usually how long is recovery after open heart surgery on an infant?

Varies: Some operations are more complex, tedious, and complications.
Simple ones lead to speedy recovery in infants.
They are pliable and quick to heal. ...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