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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

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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80yr.Has a cerebrovascular event in the early perioperative stage of an open heart surgery operation. Abort operation or go on ? The surgeon choose not to abort the operation to assess for the severity of injuries to the brain. The outcome of the operatio

80yr.Has a cerebrovascular event in the early perioperative stage of an open heart surgery operation. Abort operation or go on ? The surgeon choose not to abort the operation to assess for the severity of injuries to the brain. The outcome of the operatio

I : I do not believe any physician reviewing this comment will be able to appreciate the condition of this patient going into surgery to assess the risk factors, rationale and options for treatment. I doubt that the surgeon would have known the patient was having a stroke during the cardiac procedure. It is not the usual practice of monitoring brain activity during cardiopulmonary bypass. Clearly there was significant cardiac problems, if indeed this patient required two valve repair/replacement, coronary artery bypass grafting and thromboendarterectomy. The fact that the patient suffered multiorgan system failure (as you suggest with the comment that there was "sustained irreversible vital organs damage"), suggests that the pump time was perhaps longer than usual, but understanding also that the organs of an 80 year old patient are fragile to start with. The finding of bilateral strokes on post-op day 3 would be consistent with events that occurred during or shortly after surgery, but likely not known during surgery. So unless there were other indications for the surgeon to abort, then continuing with the operation was understandable. I suggest you make an appointment with the surgeon to discuss your concerns and questions personally, to iron out any confusion or misunderstandings that exist and to bring closure to this case. ...Read more

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My sister son 5 month older , and doing their heart surgery heart is off and problems on brain due to lack oxygen. So what are we doing now?

My sister son 5 month older , and  doing their heart surgery heart is off and problems on brain due to lack oxygen. So what are we doing now?

Depends: The options depend on how severe the brain injury was, time with low oxygen etc. There are many possible treatments depending on those issues. Please talk with your child's cardiologist to learn more about your specific issues. ...Read more

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I am worried about cancer due to radiation because I have had 4 brain CT scans in a year.Plus a heart CT before brain surgery.Plus 3 contrast dyes.

I am worried about cancer due to radiation because I have had 4 brain CT scans in a year.Plus a heart CT before brain surgery.Plus 3 contrast dyes.

Past: Your radiation exposure already happened and very unlikely cause any abnormality. Time to move on. You can not change the past and risk is very low. ...Read more

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I'm a 57-year-old man who had an open-heart surgery in 2008. 2 weeks ago, a stony-hard mass appeared at the site of the operation. What can it be?

I'm a 57-year-old man who had an open-heart surgery in 2008. 2 weeks ago, a stony-hard mass appeared at the site of the operation. What can it be?

By site of the: operation I assume you mean the scar on your chest. This could be any of a number of different things none of which can be diagnosed over the internet. The mass needs to be seen and evaluated. Go to see the heart surgeon and show it to him. ...Read more

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How risky is open heart surgery?

How risky is open heart surgery?

CABG 1-2 % mortality: For coronary artery bypass surgery generally in the 1-2% mortality range; for valve replacement 4-5%, higher in re-do surgery. ...Read more

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How costly is open heart surgery?

How costly is open heart surgery?

It depends: The cost will depend on your insurance carrier. The hospitals typically bill around $40-$50, 000 for the entire procedure and hospitalization. ...Read more

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How dangerous is open heart surgery?

How dangerous is open heart surgery?

It depends: Factors like your age, general health, other health problems you might have, prior heart surgeries, pumping function of your heart, and, of course, what particular operation is being considered, all affect the risk of a particular surgery. ...Read more

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How is the open heart surgery performed?

How is the open heart surgery performed?

Bypass: The heart is stopped and the blood returning to the heart is instead diverted to the pump oxygenator, a machine that adds oxygen to the blood which is then pumped back into the aorta. So the surgery can be done with the heart stopped and with the blood bypassing the heart chambers. After the surgery on the heart is completed, the blood is directed back through the heart and lungs. ...Read more

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Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more