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Heart Surgery

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Open heart surgery can be real painful on a family, just as it is to the person having it. My father had to undergo this procedure, and might have to undergo it again. This was a devasting time for my family and myself. This occurred almost two years ago.

The evening before my father’s surgery they had him take a shower or bedside bath. They told him to use a special soap on his chest and legs. This special soap kills the bacteria on your skin and helps to prevent infection after surgery. The day of his surgery, he will have his body hair removed using a special "clipper" made especially for this purpose.

After the hair is removed they told him to take another shower or bedside bath using a special soap. After he had cleaned with the
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To get access to the heart, the pericardial sac has to be opened. The surgeon often removes a small portion of the pericardium, to be used later to patch holes in the heart. Often the removed piece is treated with a chemical called gluteraldehyde to increase the stiffness of the pericardium, making it easier to work with during surgery.

The removed pericardial piece is used during the operation as patch material for a variety of holes or defects within the
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