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A 32-year-old male asked:

is the recovery, or the actual procedure, more important regarding triple bypass heart surgery?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Anesthesiology 33 years experience
Both: The technical features of the cardiac surgery, including difficulty, age of patient, coexisting illness are important and will often times determine how well the recovery will be. Neither is mutually exclusive.
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Both: Cut well, sew well, do well is the axiom. Without good surgery, recovery does not necessarily go well.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Whats the chance of someone who is already in their 70's surviving a heart operation?

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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Physiologic age: What determines the morbidity mortality risk of a cardiac operation is not necessarily the chronologic age but the nature of the operation needed the physiologic age and the comorbidities that the person has. The oldest aortic valve replacement patient was a retired physician in the east coast and had it done without any problems at the age of 100. So age itself is only one factor.
Santa Monica, CA
A 32-year-old male asked:

How "easy" is triple bypass heart surgery for surgeons? Is it routine, or a fairly complex thing? Thank you.

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Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Anesthesiology 33 years experience
Depends: Depends on a number of factors: coexisting illness, previous surgery in area(namely chest), previous heart attacks causing congestive heart failure, quality of saphenous veins(used for conduits), is patient obese, etc.
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How long does a triple bypass last, before you will need some other form of heart surgery?

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Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
General Practice 18 years experience
Personal choice : It depends on the patients compliance with diet, medications, and exercise. Typically I should last several years, but it is so individual specific according to lifestyle. I recommend close monitoring of such a patient. Wishing you the very best.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What are complications that can arise from heart surgery?

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Dr. John Garner
Cardiology 16 years experience
Anything: When working directly on the heart, anything is possible, but in no particular order, complications can include stroke, damage to the heart wiring requiring pacemaker, infection or pain at the place where the ribs were separated (sternotomy), damage to the heart valves and damage to the heart blood vessels. Infection and bleeding are always concerns in the post-operative period.
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A 28-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: heart surgery?

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Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Simple: Heart surgery is surgical therapy for congenital or acquired conditions involving the heart or valves in the heart.

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