During a pericardiectomy, part of the membrane
surrounding the heart (the pericardium) is removed. This procedure is a
closed-heart surgery that is performed with an incision made between the ribs.
Treated with a Pericardiectomy:
A pericardiectomy may be performed in cases of chest
pain, difficulty breathing, coughing, weakness and pericarditis.
There are no comparable non-surgical or surgical
alternatives to a pericardiectomy.
with a Pericardiectomy:
A pericardiectomy is performed under general
anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware
during the procedure.
Complications from a Pericardiectomy:
Possible risks following a pericardiectomy include
infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia.
after a Pericardiectomy:
The prognosis for a positive end result following a
pericardiectomy is very good.
from a Pericardiectomy:
Total recovery from a pericardiectomy takes two to