How to help a baby who has had open heart surgery?

Follow instructions. You should ask that question to the surgical team that did the surgery. There are generalized answers but also there may be specific instructions depending of the kind of surgery the baby had.

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What is open heart surgery like for an infant or a toddler?

Rough. Well surgery on a small child is technically challenging to the surgeon. It would ordinarily take several hours and the recovery several weeks or even months. That said, children and infants have a great ability to recuperate even from major surgery. Read more...
If 9 mos or >. Parents can tour cardiac picu/ward pre-op & meet support staff, including play therapists. At 9 mos. Developmental age & up, a child has " affect matching, " becoming more upset during painful procedures if parents look upset. Also, having implicit memory means a child can develop ptsd. Modify behavioral regression by maintaining discipline & routine. Bring familiar hard, washable toys & books. Read more...
Depends. This depends on the heart lesion. Many forms of heart disease are now treated successfully with surgery. In those cases, the open heart surgery is very well tolerated with the child being home in 1-2 weeks and recovering well. If the heart lesion is very complicated, then the experience can be different. Please discuss this with your child's cardiologist to learn their specific issues. Read more...

What is open heart surgery like for an infant? Do they feel pain?

No pain in surgery. Most of the major centers of excellence will employ a multidiscipllinary team approach. Innovative techniques will be utilized to ensure comfort, minimize blood loss, ensure perfusion to the brain, and focused cooperation/communication with all cardiac surgical team members. Read more...

How does to take to fully recover after open heart surgery on an infant?

Varies. As with any surgery, this varies. It would depend on the exact surgery required as well as whether there are any complciations. Usually it would involve one to two weeks in the hospital and four to eight weeks at home. It also depends on what you mean by "recovery." the chest could be sore for a much longer period for instance. Read more...
Baby hearts. Typically, kids recover more quickly after heart surgery than adults. It's important, though, to consider what exactly has been fixed with the operation. There are some surgeries on kids that require multiple steps to complete. What that means is that the child may not be completely repaired after the first procedure. Read more...
Stages. "full" recovery takes months. But i typically think of this in stages. The child is usually hospitalized ~10-14 days. Then the major portion of the recovery is complete by ~2 months (i.e. Home for ~6-8 weeks). But it will take another few months for the sternum to completely heal, etc. Read more...

How long is the recovery time following open heart surgery on an infant?

Varies. It depends on the condition of the child prior to surgery, as well as the underlying condition, and the procedure done. The more complicated the procedure, the longer the recovery. Read more...
Variable. Less complex surgery at 2-4 months of age may require a week or so in the hospital. Complex congenital heart defects requiring surgery in the first few days may result in several weeks or longer in the hospital. It really varies a great deal depending upon the diagnosis, as well as other complicating medical conditions. Read more...

If someone has had open heart surgery as a child, would he usually have a shorter lifespan?

It depends. Some problems can be essentially cured with open heart surgery, with little effect on the lifespan or activity. Other serious problems result in a notably shorter life expectancy. Read more...
What surgery? It depends on what defect was treated. Some defects can be cured with surgery but others can only be palliated. Either way surveillance is important so follow up with the cardiologist is necessary. Some heart defect do lead to a shorter life span. Read more...

Can you have a baby if you once had open heart surgery?

For sure. Definitely. If your overall condition is otherwise good enough to have a baby, having had ohs isn't a factor. Read more...
Heart surgery. Definitely. As long your ovaries and uterus have not been compromised during complications of a congenital heart defect, or other heart conditons necessitating heart surgery, e.G, shock, poor blood oxygenation, you can still successfully have children. Read more...
Depends. For many, this just fixes things enough that they will have a normal life thereafter, including having children. For others with a complex congenital defect, it just gets them stable enough to survive. Open heart surgery by itself does not end a persons potential to be a mom.The condition that lead to it or the condition afterward would decide that. Read more...
Depends . Your surgeon and Cardiologist are in best place to advise you. Pregnancy will task your heart hence should be undertaken with close monitoring . Read more...

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...
Can't be erased, but. It may be able to be improved. If it is a median sternotomy (vertical scar in the midline of the chest, ) these are notorious for remaining prominent, but there may be ways to reduce its prominence, both surgical and non-surgical. If it is a thoracotomy (on the side of the chest parallel to the ribs, ) it may be more amenable to improvement. See a board-certified plastic surgeon to investigate. Read more...