is also known as pericardial stripping
, and is the surgical removal of all or part of the pericardium
. The pericardium is a double-walled, membrane sac that surrounds the heart and protects the heart from infection and other sources of disease and holds the heart in the chest wall.
The most common reason for performing a pericardiectomy is constrictive pericarditis
, which is a condition in which the pericardium has become stiff and calcified.
Patients may recover after pericardiectomy if they follow the doctor's instructions below:
- The doctor will monitor blood pressure, heart rate and other vital signs, and a drainage tube will be inserted into the chest to remove excess fluid.
- The doctor will provide painkillers and other medication as required, and advise on when liquids and food can be reintroduced.
- The doctor may advise patients to avoid heavy lifting in the recovery stage for nearly two months.
- The doctor may arrange follow-up appointments to remove any stitches and check the function of the heart.
If you have any problem, please consult your doctor.
Key words: pericardiectomy; recovery after pericardiectomy.