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Which incision is used in open heart surgery?

Which incision is used in open heart surgery?

Depends: Traditionally, this involved an incision throught the length of the sternum(breastbone). Newer techniques can be used, robotic bypass surgery, which use several smaller incisions. The cost is about $8, 000 more but this also results in a shorter hospital stay, a quicker recovery, and perhaps better overall results. ...Read more

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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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Which is the most dangerous, open heart or open lung surgery?

Which is the most dangerous, open heart or  open lung surgery?

Not a competition: Open chest and lung surgeries were first done by dr. Evarts graham in the mid 1930's. Open heart surgeries were first done in the mid 1950's with dr. John kirklin leading the U.S. Teams, building on principals developed with lung surgery. They are both challenging, helpful, durable and save lives, especially if you need one of these procedures. ...Read more

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Is minimally invasive heart surgery the same as open heart surgery?

Is minimally invasive heart surgery the same as open heart surgery?

Mostly....: The biggest difference is usually the incision size, with minimally invasive being smaller and often avoiding opening the breastbone. The actual surgical procedure, such as valve repair or bypass is often identical to the traditional approach. ...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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Can epidural anesthesia be used in open heart surgery?

Can epidural anesthesia be used in open heart surgery?

Yes: Thoracic epidural anesthesia has been used for patients undergoing open heart surgery. However, this procedure requires a highly skilled anesthesia doctor with special expertise in cardiac anesthesia and/or regional anesthesia. ...Read more

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Is the removal of the wires used to close the sterum after heart bypass sugery a valid option in an effort to reduce non-cardiac chest pain?

Is the removal of the wires used to close the sterum after heart bypass sugery a  valid option in an effort to reduce non-cardiac chest pain?

Sternal wires: Its rare that sternal wires are the actual cause of pain. The pain is more than likely due to scarring from the healing. The pain should also be evaluated by firstly the surgeon and then a pain doctor. Taking the wires out may not solve the problem. ...Read more

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What is the procedure involved with open heart surgery?

What is the procedure involved with open heart surgery?

Depends on operation: Heart transplant; sternotomy, institution cardiopulmonary bypass bi caval cannulation after suitable replacement heart in room, clamp&transect aorta, pulmonary artery, amputate ventricles on atrial side of av groove, anastomose new heart to atrial cuffs 3-0 prolene, aortic anastomosis 4-0 prolene, then pulmonary atery anastomosis, release cross clamp, wean off cardiopulmonary bypass, dry&close up. ...Read more

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What is the difference between endoscopic ptsosis surgery and surgery that cuts out the eyelid hooding tissue? Which one is least invasive?

What is the difference between endoscopic ptsosis surgery and surgery that cuts out the eyelid hooding tissue? Which one is least invasive?

This sounds bogus!: There is a difference between eyelid ptosis and excess eyelid skin. Some patients have both. An endoscope is neither needed nor an advantage--this is straightforward blepharoplasty with ptosis repair if needed. Any abps-certified plastic surgeon can do skillful blepharoplasty; most do ptosis repairs also. Ophthalmologists do ptosis repairs, but may have less cosmetic skills with blepharoplasty. ...Read more

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In which particular case surgery is required in wrist fracture if it is successfully placed after closed reduction and there is only a 1mm gap.

In which particular case surgery is required in wrist fracture if it is successfully placed after closed reduction and there is only a 1mm gap.

Let me explain: If the reduction is good, but we know from experience that fracture is unstable, also if the reductiono lost after casting . Those some of the coditions were surgery is required. ...Read more

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Is the mesh material used in an inguinal surgery safe?

Is the mesh material used in an inguinal surgery safe?

Yes: It has been used for many years ; repeated studies show higher long term surgery repair success with the use of mesh. ...Read more

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Have small unilateral inguinal hernia. Which is better method of surgery, open method or laparoscopic? Which has faster recovery?

Have small unilateral inguinal hernia. Which is better method of surgery, open method or laparoscopic? Which has faster recovery?

Hernia surgery: There is no one best method. Most surgeons nowadays will opt for laparoscopic repair because of less downtime and lower risk to the patient. However, only your doc will now what option has the best risk benefit profile in your particular case. Discuss with her/him to determine your best option :). ...Read more

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When is open lung surgery required?

When is open lung surgery required?

Work in progress!: Open surgery is required when the proper procedure cannot be performed safely and successfully by lesser means. Expertise in minimally invasive techniques is growing by the day so less open cases are required but there are still times when anatomy, exposure, or the disease process dictate an open chest approach. ...Read more

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Is nanotechnolgy used 2 round the edges of the holes which are in artificial mesh used for hernia repair so no problem occur when fibros tissues grow?

Is nanotechnolgy used 2 round the edges of the holes which are in artificial mesh used for hernia repair so no problem occur when fibros tissues grow?

Not yet: The majority of synthetic mesh for hernia repair are knitted in large sheets, then cut to size with a laser. This smooths the edges of the mesh. I am not aware of any special engineering regarding the mesh edge that uses a form of nanotechnology in the current products. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why is heart surgery performed through the scrotum?

I'm wondering why is heart surgery performed through the scrotum?

It's not.: Heart surgery is performed through the chest. Some percutaneous treatments are performed through the femoral vessels in the groin. ...Read more

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During an umbilical hernia repair, where is the incision and what is the downtime?

During an umbilical hernia repair, where is the incision and what is the downtime?

Two Options: Some surgeons repair the hernia by making an incision on top of the hernia. Some surgeons repair it laparoscopically with incisions along your side. Downtime for both is about the same. Every surgeon has differing restrictions after. Mine are simple. No heavy lifting greater than 10 lbs for two weeks. Otherwise live your normal life. ...Read more

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Is open heart surgery the only way to address discrete subaortic stenoisis (membrane behind the aortic valve? Are there alternatives?

Is open heart surgery the only way to address discrete subaortic stenoisis (membrane behind the aortic valve? Are there alternatives?

Subaortic stenosis: Can be congenital or acquired at different ages. You must have a cardiologist and have regular ECHOS. The SAS, usually is muscular cardiomyopathy, which narrows the tunnel for the blood to go through the valve. as the resistance increases, is indication for surgery . Cure of fixed subaortic stenosis (SAS) remains a surgical challenge. ...Read more

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What is the process of an open heart surgery?

What is the process of an open heart surgery?

Heart Surgery: Open heart surgery can mean CABG (bypass surgery), valve surgery, and more. Each process is quite different and complicated. In many cases, the patient receives their anesthesia, the chest is opened and prepared, and the patient is put on a heart lung bypass machine and the surgery is performed, followed by reversal of the steps. In many cases, the surgery can occur while the heart is beating, too. ...Read more

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Can nanoknife ablation done as multiple percutaneous probe insertions actually known to cause an embolism? Procedure was not open surgery.

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Can nanoknife ablation done as multiple percutaneous probe insertions actually known to cause an embolism? Procedure was not open surgery.

Here are some...: Nanoknife ablation is a descriptive term portraying the use of high-tech small probes to deliver the energy of freezing or radio frequency to destroy unwanted tissue or cancer; so, it is not an open surgery, but has its own limitation especially in tumor size and location. Yet, no procedure is perfect but with its own pros & cons. More? Ask treating doctors timely. ...Read more

Open Heart Surgery (Definition)

Not an easy answer. Open heart surgery describes surgical intervention under direct vision involving entering a heart chamber or coronary artery. Percutaneous interventions do not ...Read more


Incision (Definition)

An incision is an opening made in the skin or mucosal surface. It is usually performed to allow entry into a body cavity in order to ...Read more