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A 40-year-old member asked:

after my bypass surgery, what medications will i need to take at home?

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Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Anesthesiology 33 years experience
It depends: This question is best answered by your surgeon and cardiologist. Some having heart surgery return home taking maybe one or two medications for a short time, most return on one or more meds permanently. The medications are prescribed to optimize your condition, and each patients situation is different. It is important to be compliant.
Dr. Eric Toloza
Thoracic Surgery 30 years experience
Several: Usually pain medications (and stool softeners), a beta blocker, an ace inhibitor, and Aspirin ....

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A 41-year-old member asked:

How long should I wait after my bypass surgery before taking a long plane trip?

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Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Anesthesiology 33 years experience
This varies: Keep in mind, some patients travel by plane to get their surgery. In general, some risks of flying involve development of blood clots, that risk is elevated during the initial post op period. Avoided by keeping active(walk when permitted), hydration. Your surgeon will tell you. Uncomplicated surgery, 3 weeks. Again, talk to your surgeon. Sternal wires may set off certain alarm types.
A 28-year-old member asked:

What is the duration of bypass surgery?

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Dr. Budi Bahureksa
Cardiology 31 years experience
About 3 hours: Hello pbloom -- uncomplicated heart bypass should take about 2-3 hours.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What is bypass surgery?

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Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 23 years experience
Heart surgery.: Bypass surgery is an operation in which surgeons create a bypass to allow blood to go around blockages in the arteries. To accomplish a bypass, surgeons use a graft - a blood vessel from the leg or chest. With the graft in place, blood can now flow freely to the heart muscle, bypassing the blocked or narrowed section of the artery. A week's stay in the hospital is usually necessary afterwards.
A 20-year-old member asked:

I am a 5ft 20 year old and weigh 230... Am I a canidate for bypass surgery?

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Dr. Alvin Mathew
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Yes: By bmi criteria alone, you are a candidate for bypass surgery.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What options if bypass surgery cannot be performed?

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Dr. Jeffrey Everett
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
Meds, PCI, TMR: Medical therapy first and foremost. Angioplasty if suitable target vessels. Tmr is laser channels for refractory angina if above fail.

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