What is extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)?Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is an important treatment for infants and children with cardiorespiratory failure.
ECMO is the use of an artificial lung (membrane) located outside the body (extracorporeal), that puts oxygen into the blood and then carries this blood to the body tissues (oxygenation).
It is a modified form of heart-lung bypass and is used for a longer period than the machines used in the operating room during open-heart surgery..
(Lets pray he doesn't come to need this machine)
All of the repairs have been made. More good news... the surgeon was confident enough to close the chest after surgery. Sometimes they need to leave the chest open to allow swelling after such a large procedure on such a little guy, with the interrupted aortic arch repair it's extremely common for the chest to be left open. They cover the opening with gortex. The opening is then closed after swelling has gone down, but this leaves the risk of infection great. SOOOOOO FANTASTIC NEWS, HIS IS CLOSED!!!
I was very shocked to see him after in recovery. My little guy looks so different than he did this morning. The medical staff does their best to prepare you for what you will see but there is nothing to prepare you for this.
His heart rate is up and down, that's common too. They want his temperature to stay on the cool side so his heart doesn't work to hard. Nurse Lisa placed bags of ice under both arms, atop his head and in his diaper. (poor guy), All of that brought his body temp down quickly. Next will be medicine but like the surgeon said, if all he has is this than that is wonderful.
More to come.