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.
Just a few. Common would consist of atrial fibrillation, need for oxygen, and swollen legs.

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Are this many complications common after open heart surgery? My dad, 69 years old--overweight but no other health problems other than heart. 11 days ago had triple bypass, aortic valve replacement, and block for afib. Two hours after surgery needed anot

I . I am so sorry that your dad and your family are having to go through this. As you know, that is an extremely major surgery. Triple bypass with aortic valve replacement and procedure for atrial fibrillation is extremely extensive surgery. Factors that can affect the surgery and outcome include the condition of the patient prior to surgery, age, kidney function prior to surgery, and the condition of the heart prior to surgery. Keep an open line of communication with the doctor and nursing staff so that your family's questions can be answered to your satisfaction. I wish the best for your father. Read more...
Depends. Coronary blockage- bypass and generally improved prognosis are the general results risks of procedures are being reduced all the time. But patients are older and bring more intrinsic personal risks. Risks are dying, bleeding, infection, stroke, recurrence. Over all about 2%. Read more...

What are the long term complications of a baby having open heart surgery for an asd?

Unlikely. Since an ASD involves low pressure chambers closing the hole, if it is done before damage to the lung vasculature will solve the problem. Unlikely surgery may damage part of the heart's electrical system. This is more common one type of asd. Read more...
Minimal. Open heart surgical repair of an ASD carries the most risk at the time of surgery, due to anesthesia. Long term a few patients will develop an atrial arrhythmia; most are perfectly fine. Read more...
Many but... There are many long term issues, but most have become relatively minimal, especially with asds. We know that there's an association that all children who undergo cardiac bypass have slightly lower iq scores. But we do not know if this is because of the operation or the heart diseases themselves. The risks of bypass and surgery and far less than leaving the ASD alone or we wouldn't operate. Read more...

Are there common long-term psychological side-effects to having open-heart surgery?

In a few cases. This is a topic of continued discussion and the answer is too long for such limited space. In a nutshell, there have been situations described where patients have had "subtle neurocognitive changes" that are detected on "neurocognitive testing". Many close to the patient may not notice. Others may report subtle mood changes. Keep in mind, the word subtle. Read more...
Open Heart surgery. The odds are slim but in some cases cognitive deficits may occur as a result of being under anesthesia for an extended period. This occurs less now as most cardiac surgeries are accomplished more swiftly. Read more...
Psychological effect. Depression and anxiety are two common psychological effects associated with heart surgery. You should discuss any psychological symptoms and seek a mental health evaluation in consultation with your PCP. Read more...

Having trouble controlling my husbands BP he had open heart surgery two months ago. Is this common heart rate ok and INR stable.?

Not commom. But not cause for alarm either. BP can always be controlled. Follow up with his cardiologist and/or primary care doctor until it's controlled. Buy a decent arm cuff ($35-$100) and check his BP after 10 minutes of complete rest each day and keep a diary to bring to the doctor. If overweight, just losing 10% of excess can bring down bp. Avoid salty foods. Google the dash diet. Good luck. Read more...
Yes... After heart surgery, the medication dosages are in flux for the first few months. Expect changes in the dosing to be made fairly often. Talking with your cardiologist would be important. Read more...

Complications from having open heart surgery and getting aortic valve replacement?

There are several. The complications of aortic valve replacement include bleeding, blood transfusions, stroke, infection, renal failure, reoperation, atrial fibrillation and death. Therre are more as well. Fortunately the risks of aortic valve surgery are relatively small for most patients. The exact risks vary from patient to patient. The average risk of death is about 1-2% for most aortic valve replacements. Read more...
Becoming safer. Low risk in general, depending on ones personal risk factors < 5% or lower death bleeding infection stroke recurrent issues mechanical valve Coumadin (warfarin) is necessary for life. Read more...

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...
Not at all. As long as your anesthesiologists know about your apnea you should not have a problem. Read more...
Not likely. Be sure the anesthesiologist knows you have osa. He will need the info when you are in recovery. A breathing tube can replace a c-pap if you are using one. Read more...
No. No. The endotracheal tube ("breathing tube") will bypass any areas of obstruction. Read more...

How common is pneumonia and the need for dialysis after open heart surgery for a torn aorta due to an aneurysm and two blocked arteries?

Heart surgery. Sounds like a major serious event. Such a big surgery with aneurysm rupture is life saving. Dialysis need isn't unusual for such. Read more...
Frequent. After such a life threatening event, it is not unusual to have complications, and renal failure needing dialysis as well as pneumonia from a prolonged intubation are actually quite common in this traumatic setting. Read more...

What is open heart surgery?

Open heart. When the chest wall is surgically opened and heart is exposed and surgery performed on the heart or it's arteries we refer to this as "open heart surgery". Read more...