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How do I get an open heart surgery scar to disappear?

How do I get an open heart surgery scar to disappear?

Not possible: A plastic surgeon can sometimes revise a skin wound in order to make it less apparent. ...Read more

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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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How can I get an open heart surgery scar to appear better?

How can I get an open heart surgery scar to appear better?

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

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I had open heart surgery as a baby, but I am all grown up now and want to get rid of the scar.?

I had open heart surgery as a baby, but I am all grown up now and want to get rid of the scar.?

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

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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 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?

Multiple Causes: This depends on when the surgery was done. Reddening could be a sign of infection. It could also be part of the normal healing, or simply an irritant rash. Please review this with your child's cardiologist. ...Read more

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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 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

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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?

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?

Sure: The suggestion would be to cross the bridge when you get there. Since he's in good health he probably won't need any more surgeries... There are other minimally invasive valve procedures being developed... So when the time comes for third - he may be a candidate for that. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Depends : This depends on other factors like your heart function, other valve problems etc. But assuming everything is well, you could likely start trying now. But again, your safety depends on many other factors so please discuss this with your cardiologist. ...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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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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Tissue (Definition)

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


Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more