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I had a stroke during my surgery and have completely lost my left hand, and need help with everything as a result. Has this happened to anyone else?

Unfortunately stroke is a recognised complication of any type of heart surgery. It is usually caused by small amounts of blood clot which form in the heart during and immediately after surgery going into the circulation and ending up in the brain. Everything possible is done to prevent this happening but there are still occasions when it does occur. Sometimes the weakness gets better with time. If there is significant disability the best bet is to get moved to a 'stroke unit' (usually a ward within your hospital) after you have recovered from your surgery. They have the best access to physiotherapy occupational therapy and other help to minimise the functional effects of your stroke.

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