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Choanal Atresia?

For a 34 year old man, after the surgery is done, what physical actvites can he or can not do for 6 to 7 weeks?

First this is a condition that is only seen in infants. This is a condition in which there is no connection between the head and throat. The infant would have to learn to "mouth breathe" in most cases intubation or tracheostomy will be done at birth.

There are two types of surgical approaches to correct this obstruction, Transnasal (through the nose) and Transpalatal (through the mouth). The most common method is Transnasal. This is a very involved surgery and will require 12-16 weeks for a full recovery. I would be shocked if you feel like living for 4 weeks post-op. Trust me, you will not resume normal activity the monday following friday surgery.

Now as to what you can and can't do. It will be a one day at the time kind of thing. The cheif concern is going to be bleeding for about 6 weeks. For 7-14 days post-op it will be your MD's goal to keep you as free of spot bleeding as possible. You head is going to feel like it was ran over by a semi. So keeping your pain in check will keep you pretty much "high" during this period.

At three to four weeks as you are able, being to take walks to the patio and sit outside for a bit. This will help you feel better. You need to take it easy, have someone on hand to cook and clean for you. No baths, only showers, and no undue straining. I would even suggest sleeping in a recliner for the first week or so when you come home.

At the five week mark, you should be able to breathe much better than you did pre-op. This will be the first time that things have healing up and swelling gone down for you to test out the new passage. During this period, begin to do what you feel comfortable with but don't try to be superman. At the three month mark you should be pretty much normal. There might be mild facial swelling depending on the method used and the amout of work done. Some facial swelling could take six months to clear.

Have you lived with this condition since birth or was it caused by diease or accident?  (+ info)

Anybody have a child with unilateral choanal atresia?

Have you had it corrected? How was the outcome?
Did you find that your child got sick alot with colds and flu before sugery and less after the surgery?

it is better to make it
the surgery is good and easy dont worry  (+ info)

Anyone's baby have or had choanal atresia?

At two months, my son was diagnosed with choanal atresia (one nostril doesn't go through at all), and the doc said that maybe as his skull grew, it would fix the problem. He's nine months now, with no signs of it going away. Has anyone had this problem? Will they do surgery on babies? I don't WANT to put him through surgery, but with only one nostril, sometimes it's just so hard for the poor little guy to breathe, and I feel so bad for him?

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My visually impaired 12 year old has Choanal Atresia, can it be repaired?

She is visually impaired but does not have any "syndrome". She really wants to be able to breathe through her nose. We have seen and ENT specialist but she never called me back with a referral and didn't remember who we were when I finally called her. We live in Las Vegas and would like to have it done locally if possible. Please if there is a Dr. out there let me know if we have any hope. Thank you in advance!!

Choanal Atresia can be operated on by either a plastic surgeon or an ENT. Call your closest teaching hospital, or ask your family doctor, for a referral to a craniofacial team.  (+ info)

What is atresia of the ampullary portion and what the treatment?

I did a hysterosalpingogram and my result was atresia of the ampullary portion of the left tube> you think I will be able to conceive?

If the right tube and ovary are ok you should have no problem.  (+ info)

What exactly is bilateral coanial atresia?

What is bilateral coanial atresia? What are the symptoms? What are the risks of having it? Is it rare? If so, how rare?

OK, it is congenital, the person was born with it. It is, if it's bilateral, a complete obstruction of the back of the nasal passages (choana). The real problem being born with this is that babies are obligate nasal breathers, they must breathe through their nose. This presents a problem in the neonatal setting as it's necessary to insert an oral airway or intubate them. Either of these is absolutely necessary as the baby cannot breathe without one of them. It's a relatively routine procedure for neonates to be intubated but it does carry risks.
The only correction is surgical. An ENT doctor must create an open nasal passage for the baby to breathe normally. And, of course, any surgery carries risks.
Choanal atresia is usually unilateral, just one side. There is an archival case of a 35 year old woman with bilateral choanal atresia but it, obviously, wasn't a complete blockage.
The incidence of choanal atresia is about 1:5,000 to 1:8,000 births. It is usually unilateral and not diagnosed until later in life. Bilateral is more rare. And it's found much more frequently in females than males. Go figure.
Hope this helps.And thank you for the interesting question.  (+ info)

What are the changes of a baby surviving being born at 30 weeks with Pulmonary Atresia?

I am now 29 weeks and 1 day. And my doctor was thinking about taking my baby out early. Do you think its a good idea?

Perhaps you mean survival rates of a 30 week premature infant with pulmonary atresia?  (+ info)

Surgical treatment of tricuspid valve atresia?

I read about the sequence of surgeries: first the Blalock-Taussig shunt, then the Glenn operation, and then finally the Fontan procedure. Why is this sequence used? Why isn't the Glenn operation and the Fontan procedure done at the same time, and the Blalock-Taussig shunt skipped entirely? Thanks.

I have Tricuspid Atresia, but my surgical treatment was different. I had the Glenn procedure at six months; the Modified Blalock-Taussig at 10 years; and the Fontan at 21. But I was born in 1966, and they were using a different form of the Glenn back then. Today it is known as a "Bidirectional Glenn Shunt", and sends blood to both lungs. My Glenn only goes to the right lung -- according to my Cardiologist, they changed the way the operation was performed in the mid 1980's.

A "by-the-book" Modified Blalock-Taussig dictates the use of a Gortex tube to create the shunt, but surgeons like to keep things as simple as possible. The less time the patient is out; and the fewer times that he/she needs to be operated on, the better. So if it is possible to use existing blood vessels to create the shunt, the surgeon will do it.

The sequence of operations is dictated by what various medical tests show the doctors is the best route to take. And after the first operation, of course, the patient has a completely different anatomy. That also dictates what will happen next.  (+ info)

Do anyone know if you can have childern if you have Biliary Atresia?

I have had it since I was born. I don't know anyone who also has it. I have tried looking at some web sites but they don't say anything about having childern for people who are older now. I am a woman so i am wondering if I could carry a child and be safe and healthy at the same time. Its a liver disease and i am wondering if anyone knows anything about the subject.

its a condition where the bile ducts are not develloped i think.
i dont see why it should prevent you from having children.
of course the pregnancy might require more care than usual , but otherwise i dont think there is any relation between pregnancy and this condition,as long as your liver functions are ok.  (+ info)

Im having surgery for Puliminary Atresia questions inside?

Im 14 this is my first follow up surgery sense my first which was when i was 2 days old.


How serious is this surgery?

What is the recovery time?

Will I be fine after surgery?

Hospital time after surgery?

How do they operate on this surgery?

Thanks for all of the answers.

1. any heart surgery is serious.
2. probably about 5-7 days in the hospital, and about 6-8 weeks full recovery.
3. Yes you should be fine.
4. probably 5-7 days
5. Ummm they cut your chest open, then they cut the heart open and fix it then sew you up??? haha

i couldnt find to much on the surgery, so i based it off a valve replacement surgery, because thats the kind of surgery i need and i've researched.

good luck, i hope your surgery goes well. I may be getting surgery next month, i go for a stress test and pulmonary function test at the end of this month so it depends on the results of those. Im 16 years old and i have Aortic stenosis, bicuspid aortic valve, aortic regurgitation, and an enlarged aorta so i need surgery to fix those.

GOOD LUCK!  (+ info)

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