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6 Way Bypass Surgery
My father is 79 years old. He suffered through an on going battle with chf; as well as 6-way bypass surgery. He hasn't been able to keep food downwhy?
? Ischemic: Your father's condition is such that it should be discussed in person with his doctor. Adverse effects of medication, peptic ulcer, and chronic mesenteric ischemia are some common causes as based on his risk factors. If the bypass was recent, there is a chance they could be related and you would want to bring it to the attention of his surgeon. Blessings for your father.See 1 more doctor answer
Any way to find out the overall survival rate for people who get tripple bypass surgery? Thank you.
After 2 mi's, 8 cath's, 6 stents and 2 angioplasty's in the past 2 years, should I be planning on bypass surgery in the near future?
Not necessarily: Time to change your diet. Read "prevent and reverse heart disease" by dr caldwell esselstyn. There is good evidence that a whole foods, plant based diet, that is low in fat can prevent and reverse coronary artery disease. It is a 'do no harm' intervention that could change your metabolism and propensity to develop atherosclerotic changes in your vessels.See 4 more doctor answers
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.See 1 more doctor answer
Yes--may not need to: Coronary bypass is done these days using the mammary artery (from under the collarbone) to create a great size-matched bypass into the lad (artery on the front of the heart). This almost always lasts a lifetime. Vein grafts may fail after 6 years ~ 50% of the time. It is often possible to treat these failures with stents of the original arteries (or the grafts) rather than doing another bypass.See 1 more doctor answer
Detour: The bypass does not refer to the bypass machine, which reroutes the blood away from the heart and lungs so it can be oxygenated and sent back to the body. A bypass is the actual graft (vein or artery) that is used to jump over the blockage in a coronary artery, like a detour around a road that is damaged. The blockage remains in place, but the blood flow bypasses it through the graft.
Medications: Not necessarily. Medications may be required to control the risk factors.See 1 more doctor answer
Multiple: Social: life saving, return to productive work and family life as parents and grandparents. Economic: expensive one time for most folks-and return to taxpaying status!, .See 1 more doctor answer
Be there: Just be there. Especially after he comes out of the ICU. (in the ICU, you're not allowed to be visit much and he'll be sedated and less aware that you're present.). In the next 2-4 weeks after he comes home, he'll really need help with ordinary chores like getting meals, paying bills, washing clothes, etc.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer