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A 16-year-old female asked:

What are your chances of surviving a sixth open heart surgery?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 30 years experience
Extreme: It really all depends on the underlying health of the patient, the type of surgery, the reason for surgery and the skill of the surgeon. We wish you and your family the best.
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Dr. Frederick Tibayan
Thoracic Surgery 25 years experience
Depends.: Outcomes after heart surgery depend on a lot of factors, like the indication for the operation, underlying heart function, overall health of the patient, the operation being done, if the operation is an emergency, etc. Having had multiple prior operations does make it more difficult because of scarring, but it is not the only facotr. Good luck!
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A 49-year-old member asked:

How likely is surviving open heart surgery?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Creighton Wright
surgery 58 years experience
Very good: Risk factors can change that, but generally the risk from surgery is low< 2% dying, bleeding, infection etc. Obese, diabetic, renal failure, smokers do not do as well.
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A 46-year-old member asked:

Open heart surgery risks/chances, what to do?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Lance Berger
Cardiology 33 years experience
Complex question: All heart surgery carries risk. Your surgeon and cardiologist should take the time to explain this to you in an individualized manner. If you are not comfortable, then consider a second opinion if the surgery is not truly urgent. You should have some comfort with your surgeon, even if there is tremendous anxiety about the procedure.
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Last updated Nov 26, 2018

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