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Sternal incision: The sternum- breast bone is cut with a special saw and wired back together at completion and heals well in general. Done for most congenital, valvular and coronary operations for great exposure and safety and avoids other incisions in chest or groin! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pressure measurement: Right heart catheterization is usually carried out to measure oxygen levels, intracardiac pressures, and cardiac output, as well as cardiac tissue biopsies. The right side of the heart is reached through the venous system (from the leg (femoral) or the neck (jugular) vein). A catheter (plastic tube) is used to carry out the above tasks and a bioptome is used to do the biopsy. ...Read more
Can a concaved chest (pectus excavatum) be fixed with chest implants/plastic surgery instead of a hospital operation?
It's still surgery: The answer is yes, it can be fixed with implants (not the best solution) and/or plastic surgery. Either procedure is surgery. In the past a procedure called the nuss procedure was used to correct the shape of the rib cage using an implanted metal plate and i assume you are referring to this procedure. Recently fat injections have been used to correct minor deformities. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends : Test would be done to determine if you’re a candidate for minimally invasive heart surgery. Some deciding factors may include medical history, age, type of heart disease and lifestyle. Generally, someone who has had heart surgery prior would not be a candidate. Some surgeries include ASD and PFO repairs, removal of tumors, valve, bypass and a-fib surgeries. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it pleurisy or pericarditis for chest pain in the center of sternum, below left breast.Normal 2decho jan2013, chest xray, 12lead ecg, threadmill test?
Describe the pain: How long have you had it? Is it the sequelae of a flu or cold you've had recently. If the pain increases with inspiration or coughing it is more likely musculoskeletal so costochondritis or pleuritic pain is most likely. See your doctor tomorrow. Those tests you're asking about are only necessary if more simple diagnostic steps haven't succeeded in identifying the problem. ...Read more
Burning sensation from left nipple status post open chest prcedure for valve repair 3 weeks status post operation?
Procedure of choice: The Nuss procedure is now the procedure of choice for repair of pectus excavatum. The Ravitch or open repair is still utilized with good results at some centers, but in most cases is reserved for complex chest wall deformities (concurrent pectus excavatum and carinatum) or when severe asymmetry exists. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: No it cannot.Get a more detailed answer ›