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Scar Tissue After Open Heart Surgery
Not possible: A plastic surgeon can sometimes revise a skin wound in order to make it less apparent. ...Read more
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
Scar Revision.: Go and see a reputable board certified plastic surgeon who will evaluate the scar and revise it if it is necesary. ...Read more
Reduce not Remove: There may be many options to reduce the appearance or visibility of the scar but unfortunately there is no way to remove or regenerate normal skin at this point in medicine. Discuss your options with a plastic surgeon. ...Read more
My 14 week old daughter had an avsd open-heart surgery repair which went well. Now has a red rash around her scar. What could this reddening be?
My son is 5 months post op from open-heart surgery. He has a rash around his chest scar. It is a red sandpaper feeling. Normal or call the ped.
2 questions:can i now start using neosporin on my scar? What do you think of trying to conceive 6 months after open heartsurgery? I am 24 years old and I had open-heart surgery called the ross procedure on november 2nd, 2011 due to my bicuspid aortic valve
2 answers: There is no real benefit to applying neosporin, vitamin e, mederma, etc to your scar. It is advisable to use sun block when outside. Pregnancy is certainly possible after a ross procedure but should be carefully monitored by your cardiologist and obstetrician. Remember, even after successful heart surgery, you require lifelong monitoring by a cardiologist. ...Read more
My husband had open-heart surgery at 57 for a mitrial valve repair. At 66, he needs his aortic valve replaced He is in excellent health. Can he have a third operation when that tissue valve wears out?
I had open-heart surgery n may this year to replace my pulmonary valve. With a bovine tissue valve. When would it be safe to start trying for a baby?
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
Well cleaned preop
excellent prophylactic antibiotics given on time
careful prep of skin
excellent surgical technique and tissue handling and careful closure
?ll are standard practices but there is still an incidence if infection:
etc. ...Read more
Six weeks: Six weeks if routine and no complications. ...Read more
Yes, like bone fract: The sternum is a bone & heals like any other bone. It is "fractured" (cut) at the start of open-heart surgery. At the end of surgery, the sternum is usually "sewn up" using metal wires to hold the 2 parts together. Further, bone healing (fusion) occurs over the course of 3-6 months (eg, as with a broken arm). Wires hold the sternum together in that time & fuse with bone as it heals. Ask surgeon. ...Read more
After open-heart surgery about 5 weeks now is it normal to be experiencing pain and stiffness in neck, head, shoulders and heart?
Depends: On your problem. How u- important it may look bring to the attention of your doctor (s). Your doctor will make sure is not procedure related. ...Read more
After open-heart surgery. When will i be able to lift heavy weights again? And do people usually lose significant weight after surgery?
3 months & yes: I typically restrict lifting, pushing and pulling for 3 months following heart surgery thru standard incision. 1 month for min invasive approach. I keep them to 10 lbs for 6 weeks and 25 lbs for another 6 weeks. Weight loss. I usually tell patients to expect to lose 10 to 30 pounds over 2-3 months after surgery. Unfortunately they often gain it all back w/in a yr. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
On call surgeon: If you had open-heart surgery & are coughing up blood, you should contact the on-call surgeon immediately. ...Read more
After open-heart surgery what are some challanges people usually face with a broken sternum? I just want to know what to expect
Limit use of arms: There is so much you do with your arms without thinking. You push off with hands on thighs to stand. You use arms to adjust yourself in chair or bed. All of this puts pressure on sternum. I limit patients to 10 lb 6 wks then 25 lb for another 6 weeks. And no pushing or pulling for 3 months. Coughing and sneezing can be uncomfortable as well. ...Read more
The body is composed of tissue that are classically described as beiing derived from three basic embyonic layers known as the endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm that then differentiate into the structures that compose the body such as skin, soft tissues, bone, muscle, organs, etc. Stem cells are not differentiated and have the potential to ...Read more
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