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Why is hypothermia used during open heart surgery?

Why is hypothermia used during open heart surgery?

Cool the heart: Hypothermia is used to cool the heart while on a blood bypass machine. Cooling the heart results in less oxygen use by the heart muscle while the heart is receiving less blood and less oxygen during the bypass surgery itself. The cooling also helps to slow the heartbeat making surgery on the heart vessels easier. ...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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When a breastbone is cracked open during open heart surgery, does it ever grow back together?

When a breastbone is cracked open during open heart surgery, does it ever grow back together?

Yes: Like any broken bone, the sternum can heal. It can also fail to heal, leaving one with a mobile chest wall. That is, fortunately, a lot less likely. ...Read more

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If I have obstructive sleep apnea, will having a breathing tube during open-heart surgery give me complications?

If I have obstructive sleep apnea, will having a breathing tube during open-heart surgery give me complications?

No: The fact that you know you have apnea... And presumably it is being treated actually decreases your risk of post-op complications. Untreated sleep apnea could result in post-obstructive pulmonary edema when the breathing tube is inserted to help you breath. ...Read more

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How does the heart get blood during an open heart surgery?

How does the heart get blood during an open heart surgery?

May not: Sometimes blood still flows through the coronaries, or the heart is cooled, potassium arrested with solution called cardioplegia. The techniques are selected specific to the operation to be done. ...Read more

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Is the heart-lung machine put into effect during an open heart surgery?

Is the heart-lung machine put into effect during an open heart surgery?

Cardiopulmonary : Cardiopulmonary bypass machine supports the patient. Tubes- cannulae are placed in the veins to drain by gravity the blood to an oxygenator receptacle, the blood is oxygenated, and pumped through another cannula system to the arterial circulation., the are multiple kinds, and sizes of these tubes! we can place them in any big artery or vein to get the flow we need. ...Read more

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I recently had open heart surgery to correct endocarditis effects. Now I am suffering from chest pain and cold sweats during exercise. Is this normal?

I recently had open heart surgery to correct endocarditis effects. Now I am suffering from chest pain and cold sweats during exercise. Is this normal?

Exercise: No it is not normal. You need to see the surgeon as soon as possible. It might be wise to go today to the nearest Emergency Facility to make sure that things are OK for now while waiting for a doctor's appointment. ...Read more

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How can I find a health care advocate to help during my open heart surgery for aortic valve replacement. I have no family nearby and husband not able?

How can I find a health care advocate to help during my open heart surgery for aortic valve replacement.  I have no family nearby and husband not able?

Options: You may try discussing this with your surgeon, social services and discharge planning at the hospital where your surgery will be performed, or a visiting nurses association in your local area. You may also try going through local clergy or religious institutions. ...Read more

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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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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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Who does an open heart surgery?

Who does an open heart surgery?

Heart surgeons: Heart surgeons are medical doctors who have completed 4 years of medical school, 5 years of general surgery residency, and 2-3 years of cardiothoracic residency. Don't let anyone else operate on you. ...Read more

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Who performed the first open heart surgery?

Who performed the first open heart surgery?

Not enough info: Open heart surgery may simply refer to an exposed heart in the chest. The surgery itself may be as simple as a biopsy or as complicated as a vessel bypass with valve replacement and aneurysm repair. You may also be referring to the use of cardiopulmonary bypass which allows surgeons to stop the heart and essentially pumps blood to the other vital organs while the heart is repaired. ...Read more

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How likely is dying from open heart surgery?

How likely is dying from open heart surgery?

Heart surgery: It depends on the type of heart surgery, the condition of the patient and the skill/results of the surgical team and support staff. In really first rate places the overall mortality across procedures can be 1% or less, tho some will have much higher and some almost none. ...Read more

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Open heart surgery--success rate if ebstein's?

Open heart surgery--success rate if ebstein's?

Depends: Ebstein's anomaly may require surgery, but as with most procedures, varies with the surgeon and institution. It is almost totally a function of volume of cases done. So look for teams with published experience since a quoted rate may not apply to the institution you're looking at for help. It's the "your mileage may vary" disclaimer. ...Read more

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Has anyone had an open heart surgery as a baby?

Has anyone had an open heart surgery as a baby?

Yes: Certain defects, such as transposition of the great arteries, tetralogy of fallot, coarctation, hypoplastic left heart, tricuspid atresia, pulmonary atresia, truncus arteriosus, large ventricular septal defects, and totally anomalous pulmonary venous return, among others, require heart surgery as an infant for survival. Results are generally very good. ...Read more

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Have anyone had an open heart surgery as a baby?

Have anyone had an open heart surgery as a baby?

Yes: Some severe forms of severe congenital heart disease are not compatible with life without surgical repair, so in some cases emergency surgery in the newborn period is unavoidable. Contrary to what you might guess, infants can recover from surgery very rapidly, usually much faster than adults. ...Read more

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When was the first open heart surgery performed?

When was the first open heart surgery performed?

Definition?: Surgery for trauma on beating hearts successful in Europe in 1890's. Multiple types of surgeries on beating heart done over next 60 years in multiple places including US. First surgery using bypass for bloodless fiels done at University of Minnesota in 1952, and started massive expansion in surgical approaches and abilities that has continued into present day. ...Read more

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What is recovery time like for open heart surgery?

What is recovery time like for open heart surgery?

A few months...: It will take some time before you can get back to doing everything that you were doing before surgery. If you have the sternum cut for the surgery, the longest recovery time is for the bone to heal. For the first month we recommend no heavy lifting more than about 10 pounds. No driving. For the second month you can lift up to 25 pounds and drive. By the third month you can go skydiving. ...Read more

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What person lived longest after open heart surgery?

What person lived longest after open heart surgery?

Non likely known: Well one of my patients had the surgery in 1972 so that's about forty years. She is doing fine so maybe she will be #1 someday but i doubt if anyone knows. I'm sure someone can beat 40 years. ...Read more

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What are common complications of open heart surgery?

What are common complications of open heart surgery?

Complications heart: Potential complications of heart surgery include but are not limited to bleeding, infection both of the surgical site and elsewhere, pulmonary embolism, stroke, and heart rhythm disturbances. Death is also a potential complication but fortunately is not common. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Bernard Seif
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Hypothermia (Definition)

Low body temperature. It can be due ...Read more