Heart defect repair is surgery to fix a heart problem that prevents
blood from flowing normally through the heart. The doctor will make a large cut
(incision) in your chest. The incision usually is made through the breastbone
(sternum). But some types of heart defects are repaired through an incision in
the side of the chest between the ribs. The doctor will connect you to a
machine that does the jobs of your heart and lungs (heart-lung bypass machine).
This machine will allow the doctor to stop your heartbeat while he or she works
on your heart.
After the heart is repaired, the doctor will
restart your heartbeat and disconnect the heart-lung machine. Then the doctor
will use stitches or staples to close the incision in your chest.
Some heart defects can be repaired with one surgery. But it is possible
that you may need more than one surgery to fix the defect.
will probably spend about 5 days in the hospital.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be
sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having
problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of
the medicines you take.
Having surgery can be
stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect and
how to safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of:
January 27, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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