A member asked:

How risky is a heart valve replacement surgery on an obese person?

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Dr. Irv Loh answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Increased if very: Obesity may complicate not only the mechanics of the surgery, but the anesthetic, respiratory and healing processes after such major open heart surgery. The risks go up with severity of obesity and if obesity related conditions like diabetes or sleep apnea are present. Transcatheter valve procedures can minimize the risk, but are less widely available and applicable.

Answered 7/20/2012

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Dr. Gregg Nishi answered

Specializes in Bariatrics

Heart valve: Hard to give a number, but being obese definitely increases your risk during and after heart valve surgery.

Answered 9/19/2013

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