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Recovery Period Carotid Bypass
Safe procedure: This is generally a safe procedure in most patients. There are risks to injury to nerves, including nerves to the diaphragm, tongue, and voice box. There is a risk of injury to the thoracic duct, a major lymphatic vessel that can be close to the subclavian artery. Overall, these risks are low. Most people recover easily within 24 hours and go home the next day. ...Read more
Is it true that a vascular bypass surgery is only good for 5-10 years? What will happen to the pt after that period? Will she need amputation then?
Vascular Bypass Life: Yes, the average life-expectancy of a vascular bypass does range 5-10 years for most patients. Heart bypasses tend to last longer than bypasses in other locations of the body. Bypass that uses vein tend to last longer than those that utilize synthetic conduits, such as gortex or dacron velour grafts. Bypass life can be extended by doing stents or angioplasty or even surgical revision over time. ...Read more
Will compressing (blocking) both the left and right common carotid arteries for a sufficient period of time lead to complete brain death?
I notice whenever I have my period that the carotid artery on the right side of my neck swells up. Is this normal?
Can you survive with one carotid artery? I'm not talking about a blocked one. I'm talking about not having one period.
Common anomaly.: An absent carotid artery, believe it or not, isn't uncommon (between 1 to 3% of people have it). Blood flow to the brain goes via the carotids as well as the 2 vertebral arteries. In the brain, they form a "circle of Willis" so that less blood flow thru one artery is compensated by more flow thru the others. For those w/o 1 of the 4 arteries, the others get bigger & supply the whole brain. ...Read more
Having my period for 2 weeks will not go away really heavy and blood clots I did have gastric bypass surgery a year ago?
Need check up.:
Your gastric bypass a year ago cannot have a direct effect now.
If you are sexualy active you need to go to ER and let them check you out. If you are not sexually active, you need a detailed examination as well as blood work to check your hormones.
Good luck.. ...Read more
I had gastric bypass surgery in 2006. I was wondering if it is normal to have green bowel movements. I have them several times a month for like the past year or so. It is most noticeable the week around my period. Is this normal?
Interesting: If occurring several times a month, not likely associated with your period (unless it is also occurring several times a month?). If no other symptoms (pain, nausea, vomiting, fever, weight loss) then reassuring. Associated with certain foods/beverages (food dyes?). Might want to keep symptom and food diary to see if link. Would also discuss with your surgeon. Hope this helps. Good luck. Dr R ...Read more
Exercise, monitoring: With vascular disease your best long term result is to quit nicotine, exercise, take your vascular medications, go in for routine vascular monitoring (ultrasound of your graft and other arteries with plaque). Graft patency is enhanced with vascular medications and monitoring. ...Read more
Low: Depends on where you are and who you talk to, but most recent registries and studies have the mortality from surgery at about 1-2 percent. The waters get muddy when death, stroke, and heart attack are lumped together. All things considered, carotid surgery gives the best long term results. ...Read more
3% or less: I assume you mean carotid endarterectomy, which is a relatively common operation to remove plaque which is partially obstructing flow through the artery to the brain. The best surgeons report complication rates of 3% or better. When the carotid artery is totally blocked, then a bypass can be created past the blocked artery. This must be done by a skilled neurosurgeon. ...Read more
2-4 weeks: Most people will have their stiches out in 2 weeks. There may be a touch of fatigue for anothe r1 or 2 weeks but you should be ready to work in about 3-4 weeks from the date of operation. ...Read more
Yes: Minimal. Women walk out of the office after an amnio. From the mother's point of view the recovery is no different from having gotten an immunization - a little soreness at the needle site. Women should rest a bit if they are feeling contractions after the amnio, which is not uncommon for a short period of time. ...Read more
It depends on which: They usually heal in 6 weeks but more important is what tendon. None weight bearing tendons in the hands & fingers can be moved earlier post op. Larger tendons that move the knees, hips, ankles need more time b4 rehab. ...Read more
This is wildly....: Variable and dependent upon the disease, the severity of presentation, the existence of comorbidities, the emergence of complications, etc. While most admissions are relatively short, and it is our goal to get people out of the hospital as rapidly as possibleive cared for patients who have been hospitalized for several months consecutively. Perhaps you could be more specific in your question? ...Read more
2-3 months to heal: A fractured tibia is a significant injury. Closed, non-operative management for stable well-aligned fractures treated in a cast would be expected to heal in about 2-3 months. Worse injuries that require surgery and a long intramedullary nail or a plate and screws (or similar), may take longer to heal, especially if there is a loss of tissue (skin, muscle, etc.) from around the fracture area. ...Read more
About one year: 2-3 months of initial non weight bearing post op for bone healing : usually upon verification of bone /fusion site healing there will be gradual return to protected weight bearing (with a boot) and ultimately to proper shoes and orthotics. Physical therapy may be indicated. Full return to exercises may take about a year pending level of exercise ...Read more
Likely a few months: Assuming no secondary brain injury from the aneurysm or surgery, usually would anticipate fairly full recovery by about 3 months, but in many cases, if aneurysm ruptured, there will be some residual brain issues, which will likely stabilize within 4-6 months. If problem with thinking and memory, healing may proceed over 12-18 months. ...Read more
My doctor is recommending a hysterectomy, but I can't take time for a six-week recovery period. What can I do?
What are the most important precautions or advice after undergoing lasik surgery and how long is the recovery period?
LASIK: Certainly question regarding surgery are best addressed to the surgeon performing the surgery. In general it is critical not to rub your eyes after lasik surgery. Recovery time varies from patient to patient with some patients have excellent vision the next day. The eyes are not completely healed for months, but generally stableby one month. ...Read more
During Eating disorder recovery Is having an actual period good? I've lost them for so long and I'm not sure what if means.
If I undergo lobe removal surgery due presence of bronchiectasis, will I be able to sit without help and bend forward in recovery period?
Too specific: Need to know how well (or if) you can do that now, which lobe (upper/lower), which approach (anterior / posterior / lateral / window / vats), etc. These are good questions for your surgeon pre-op so you can better plan for your post-op needs for care. ...Read more
What is the recovery period for an cardioeversion (which I'm assuming is the same as a shock treatment) and is this done on an outpatient basis?
Outpatient procedure: This is generally done as outpatient. Go to sleep for a few seconds, cardiovert, then wake up. There is a little residual chest soreness which is related to the spasm of the chest muscles that occurs with the shock, but this is recovered as an outpatient. It may be treated with Acetaminophen or a non steroidal anti inflammatory. ...Read more
Long: It may take up to a year before you fully recover from all the damage. ...Read more
Here are some. ..: Largely, the Rx for epididymitis is based on indirect evidence by history and physical exam since epididymis is inaccessible for bacterial documentation; for men with clinical suspicion of STD-related urethritis, treat them for gono / chlamydia, etc.; for men with bacterial UTI, treat them with common antibiotic for bacterial UTI. Duration of Rx is about 7-10 days; Sx resolved in 1-4 wks; but. .. ...Read more
Is there any recovery period for botox? What, if any, is the recovery time after receiving botox injections? .
After: After a patient receives Botox injections, the only precautions that I recommend are avoiding strenuous workouts for about 4 hours and avoiding massaging the sites of injection. These precautions help minimize swelling and dispersion of the injected botox. ...Read more
10-28 days: After a laparscopic appendix removal the patient may resume lifting and exercise in 10 days, in most cases. With an open approach the recovery would be more like 3-4 weeks. Other factors can be influential, and your surgeon will make it quite clear when you may resume your activities. Good luck. ...Read more