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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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Dr. Regina Druz
Cardiology 43 years experience
Do your "homework"!: Any invasive procedure, especially open heart surgery, carries risks that must make sense if you are to consider the benefits. Assuming that you have a good rapport with your doctors, and they are responsive and attentive to your concerns, your next step is to do your homework. Find out if publicly available data exist on your doctor/hospital performance. If in doubt, go for a 2nd opinion.
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Dr. Tamanna Nahar
Specializes in Cardiology
Risks depend upon valve vs artery surgery, surgeon/Institution and your risk factors/co morbidities. Your Physician should be able to go thru all the risk percentages with you.
Sep 7, 2014

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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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