Simple Guidance for You in Open Heart Surgery

Simple Guidance for You in Open Heart Surgery

Written by Deepak Bhagat, In Health, Published On
November 27, 2020
Last modified on December 14th, 2021


Open heart surgery has proved to be a magical surgical procedure, won’t you agree about this? Mostly cardiac issues that were untreatable, recently can now be addressed adequately. And the main reason for this magical progress in cardiology is a higher success ratio of open-heart surgeries. While the term open heart surgery might be used frequently in a cardiac facility, it still has a vague sound about it for the laymen. It follows logically that the non-medicos of the society are not that well aware of the protocols and procedures adopted during open-heart surgery. This alarming situation necessitated a discussion that is entirely focused on this surgical procedure and gives a comprehensive account of it. Which is exactly what we have done! So, without further ado, let us begin!

Open heart surgery: an overview

Before we jump into any nitty-gritties, let us see what does the term mean? Well, an open heart surgery refers to any process in which the chest of the individual undergoing surgery is cut open, followed by a surgical action performed on the cardiac muscles or vascular system. Now, this is a generalized version of the definition of the term, so let us be more specific here by mentioning CABG. The term refers to coronary artery bypass grafting and is the most common type of open-heart surgery. As you might have gathered from the name of the surgical procedure itself, it is a process that allows a grafted artery to bypass any blocked arteries in your cardiovascular system.  You can visit our Official site Transparent Hands

When does it become indispensable?

Open heart surgery is also called traditional heart surgery sometimes, so don’t let the two terms confuse you. Now as to the indications of open-heart surgery, well, we have mentioned one in the previous section already. Yes, a blocked artery, you guessed it right. Resumption of normal blood flow in the human body is not possible without treating the blockage, and the blockage itself is quite dangerous since it can lead to a heart attack. But there are other reasons for a person to undergo open-heart surgery as well. These include the replacement of valves of the heart, heart transplantation, or cardiac device implantation.


In this section of the discussion, we are going to talk about the basic preparatory guidelines that are issued by cardiac surgeons all over the world before open-heart surgery. Don’t worry, these are simple enough to follow for anyone! Firstly, one has to come clean about any medication that you use regularly, even if it is for a headache or flu. Make sure that your cardiac physicians are fully aware of your underlying health problems as well, in case there are any! Also, quit smoking at least a couple of weeks before undergoing open-heart surgery. Some cardiac surgeons also recommend alcoholic abstinence if the patient indulges in the substance often.

How is it performed – Mentioning All the Major Steps?

We are not going to draw the conventional heart diagram and talk about aortas. No. What we are going to do is this. We are going to give you a brief recap of all the important steps of open-heart surgery for becoming better acquainted with the process.

1) The first step in any surgery as invasive as this one is, of course, the application of anesthesia.

2) Then comes the incision step, where an eight inches cut is made in the chest of the patient.

3) To reach the heart wrapped in the pericardium, the breastbone has to be cut and cut well enough.

4) In the following steps, the patient is connected to the heart-lung bypass machine, which allows the circulation of blood as normal.

5) Then the specific cardiac action is performed after which original cuts are stitched up nice.

Risks associated with open-heart surgery

Like any other surgical procedure, certain risks are associated with open-heart surgeries as well. Now we must use the term probable, possible risks here since not every patient is exposed to all of these risks. Factors such as age and secondary health issues matter and influence the risk ratio as well. Anyhow, the most commonly reported problem after open-heart surgery is infection. People who suffer from diabetes are more prone to chest wound infections. Then, chest pain and fever are also commonly reported risks after open-heart surgery, as are blood clots and pneumonia. So, having a chat with your cardiologist pre-surgery can save you from a lot of complications post-surgery.

What happens post-surgery?

Since we mentioned post-surgery in the previous section, we thought it prudent to briefly comment on that bit of the surgery as well. When a patient opens his or her eyes after open-heart surgery, the first thing he or she sees are multiple tubes draining fluid out the chest area. Don’t be freaked out by them! You are heart activity is constantly monitored via machines, and any turbulences observed are immediately noted and addressed. The first night post-surgery is spent in ICU, while for the following week, common care rooms will do very nicely.

Recovery after an open heart surgery

Again, one cannot answer this question in a definite tone. A lot of factors decide the ultimate time required for complete recovery after open-heart surgery. But if a patient wants to accelerate the process, he or she will have to take care of the incision wound, as well as being good at fighting and managing the post-surgery pains. Oh, and it is always important to sleep enough! Just don’t stress yourself post-surgery for a month or so, and you will be all fine!


Well, folks, that would be all for now. We are cognizant of the fact that we have left many aspects of an open heart surgery undiscussed. However, we are also optimistic that for novices, there was something if not everything new to learn. What you have right now in your mind is a rough sketch of the procedure. We want you to build on that by reading and researching more about open-heart surgeries in detail!

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