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.
No. The epidural can be used to provide some numbness in the chest area, but the rest of the operation will require a general anesthetic.
No. Open heart surgery is a very invasive and complex surgery and requires use of cardiopulmonary bypass (the heart is stopped) and is usually a prolonged procedure. As such, general anesthesia is mandatory. Epidural anesthesia is used for less complex surgeries.
Wow. Now and again you hear of a novel use of anesthetic, particularly heart surgery. A few years ago i read where a team in turkey did a bypass under local! either way, i don't recommend an epidural.

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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...
Midline sternotomy. A midline sternotomy is the most common incision used in heart surgery. There are a few variations on this incision that people claim are minimally invasive. Read more...

How many people have open heart surgery a year?

Almost 500,000. Difficult to get exact numbers. Close to 300, 000 coronary artery bypass, although this number is trending down due to stents, anticholesterol meds, smoking sessation, etc. Then there are surgeries for aneurysms, valvular disease and many different pediatric heart surgeries. So somewhere around 450k to 500k. Read more...
Huge. >!150000 and rising is a guess depends on adding in adult, children and all operations. Read more...

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. Read more...

Who can receive the benefits of open heart surgery?

Open heart surgery. More correctly "open chest surgery". Many procedures can now be done without opening the chest. Common reasons/benefits: bypass for blockage of the heart arteries, valve replacement for either narrowing (stenosis) or leakage (insufficiency), correction of congenital abnormalities, closure of abnormal openings between heart chambers etc.. Read more...
Anyone with a heart. Heart surgery of any type is designed to relieve symptoms, prolong life. No surgeon is going to operate on a patient who doesn't need it. Read more...

How can you stay health after an open heart surgery?

Same as before. Diet and exercise keep the typical patient healthy after bypass surgery. This is the same advice given to a cardiac patient who has not had bypass surgery. You should consult your physician as to what dietary and exercise program would be right for you. Read more...
Lifestyle changes. Everything we should do before open heart surgery - reasonable diet, exercise, stress relief, medications if needed. Your cardiologist and cardiac rehabilitation specialists should be able to help you. Read more...

Can you have children after having open heart surgery?

Yes. Probably the most common forms of heart surgery in a woman who are of child bearing age are heart valve surgery and repairs of congenital defects. Most of these women will be capable of child bearing but some (like the ones with mechanical heart valves) will require special care during the pregnancy. Read more...
Usually yes. Most of the time the answer is yes. But it mainly depends on how strong your heart is now. In addition if you are on Coumadin (warfarin) then you would need an alternative blood thinner while you are pregnant, since it causes birth defects. Read more...
Yes as long as. You recover well, there are no complications etc. But simply having open heart surgery does not preclude someone from having children in the future. Read more...

When and where was open heart surgery first performed?

Cleveland clinic. The first coronary artery bypass operations performed by rené favaloro at the cleveland clinic in 1967.The first valve surgery was performed at the peter bent brigham hospital in boston in 1923. By elliot cutler. Read more...
About 1953 Phily. John gibbon and his team fixed an atrial septal, defect. Many closed operations lead up, to the development of the bubble oxygenator and subsequent pump systems. Read more...