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Q: Neeed video of an open heart procedure, so I can see what to expect ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   4 Comments )
Subject: Neeed video of an open heart procedure, so I can see what to expect
Category: Health > Conditions and Diseases
Asked by: crystal4290-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 26 Aug 2004 21:00 PDT
Expires: 25 Sep 2004 21:00 PDT
Question ID: 393245
I need some video footage, or a movie, that shows doctors performing a
surgical heart procedure.  What I need to see is them doing what is
called an open surgical valve replacement.  I want to see where the
doctors cut open the chest (I understand that this is called a
sternotomy)and also where they go in and replace the valve.  I know
that I might not get everything, but I really want to get a feel about
what the operating room is like during the procedure (like a picture of
all the doctors and nurses) and then the clinical part too.

I heard that there was some company making movies like this.  I think
that they are meant to train doctors, but anyone can watch them who
wants to.  I really want to buy one of these films.

If you can not get me one of the heart prcedures where they do a valve
replacement, how about one where they do just open heart surgery. 
Just to be clear, I would like to see BOTH the doctors in the
operating room, and also inside the patient where they are doing the

Thank you so very much for your help!!
Subject: Re: Neeed video of an open heart procedure, so I can see what to expect
Answered By: tlspiegel-ga on 27 Aug 2004 00:13 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi crystal4290,

After an extensive search, I've been able to find a little more.  

I'm posting a clarification rather than an answer.  However, if what I
have posted is sufficient for you, I'll be happy to post it in the
answer box.

Coronary Bypass Surgery - Open Heart Surgery.  Doctors, nurses,
beating heart, instruments used.    :)

Way cool surgery:

These are the links you'll be clicking on:

Opening the chest (incredible!)
Harvesting vessels
Transitioning to bypass
Attaching new vessels
Closing the chest  (awesome!)

On each page you'll see "View the video clip"
Click on that

A screen will open where you'll click on the little pointed arrow on
the far left of the movie clip to start the movie.

While you watch the movie you can read the text at the top of the page:

For example Preparation:

"The circulating nurse and the scrub nurse set up the operating room
and the sterile field. Over 50 instruments are placed on a tray and 30
sponges are counted out. "Specials" are also placed on the tray.
"Specials" are instruments that personally belong to each surgeon. The
temperature of the operating room is set at 68 degrees to keep the
patient cool. The nurses attach monitoring devices to the patient and
the anesthesiologist administers drugs to put the patient asleep. To
prevent infection, the nurses place an iodine solution on the
patient?s skin."

After you view Preparation, click on the link to Return to the heart
surgery front page.

Then click on Opening the Chest.

Repeat until the surgery is finalized with the chest closing.


Open Heart Virtual Bypass Surgery

Not live, but very descriptive!  

After you view the Intravenous injection page, you'll see that the
next page shows the patient with red numbers 1 - 6.

You'll click on the numbersin sequence to see what preparation is
perfomed on that part of the body during pre-op activities.

Then you'll see the Heart-Lung Bypass Machine which functions for the
heart during the operation.  Wait a few seconds for the Next link to
show up.

15 steps from PreOp to ICU after surgery is performed.  

Click on the Next arrow to proceed through all the steps. 


Best regards,

Clarification of Answer by tlspiegel-ga on 27 Aug 2004 00:15 PDT
Accck... I meant to post in the Clarification box, rather than the answer!

I'll ask the editors to remove my Answer - which will be accomplished
sometime on Friday.

After it's removed, I'll post another clarification.  

It's late, and I should be sleeping and my fingers acted fasted than my brain.

Best regards,

Request for Answer Clarification by crystal4290-ga on 06 Dec 2006 20:59 PST
Dear tlspiegel-ga - 

We are just crushed to see Google Answers retire.....can you forward
your direct e-mail so that if we need your help we can contact you!!

Best regards -

Clarification of Answer by tlspiegel-ga on 08 Dec 2006 10:34 PST
crystal4290-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $10.00
This is PERFECT!  Great work and so speedy!  If you have anything else
to post, I will love to see that too!  Really great job!

Subject: Re: Neeed video of an open heart procedure, so I can see what to expect
From: tlspiegel-ga on 26 Aug 2004 21:14 PDT
Hi crystal4290,

I found this - but obviously isn't what you're seeking.  

Open Heart Surgery movie

Best regards,
Subject: Re: Neeed video of an open heart procedure, so I can see what to expect
From: crystal4290-ga on 26 Aug 2004 21:22 PDT
Dear tlspiegel,

What a SPEEDY reply!!!  Thanks so much for the great lead.  Although
this is not what I need, I did find it very helpful.  I look forward
to the type of video that I mentioned.  Perhaps you know another one?

Thanks again!
Subject: Re: Neeed video of an open heart procedure, so I can see what to expect
From: pinkfreud-ga on 26 Aug 2004 22:44 PDT
You can watch several surgical procedures here:

You'll need to have the RealOne player on your computer in order to
view the videos on the site linked above.
Subject: Re: Neeed video of an open heart procedure, so I can see what to expect
From: tlspiegel-ga on 27 Aug 2004 09:02 PDT
Hi crystal4290,

Thank you so much for the 5 stars, great comments, and very generous tip!  :)

Best regards,

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