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Life Expectancy After Triple Bypass Surgery
Triple bypass: About 4-6 weeks to feel pretty normal again. ...Read more
Better: Varies from person to person. You might still be a bit sore, get tired with activity, maybe some swelling. However you should be feeling better as each day goes by. ...Read more
Why induce coma:
33F asks why put a pt in a medical induced coma after triple bypass surgery.
Many reasons but first would be suspect brain injury due to low BP during surgery and want to protect brain. First ask the person's team why? And go to ScientificAmerican. Com and look at What is a Medically induced Come and why is it use? B David Biello Jan 10, 2011. ...Read more
Should I be concerned if there is a sudden muscle ache in left area just beneath scapula after triple bypass surgery acts/feels like a muscle cramp?
Ask surgeon;complexQ: The answer is, "it depends". What do you mean by mortality rate? Death on the table? Death in 30 days? Death in 1 yr? 5 yrs? 10 yrs? Also, answer will depend on the surgeon who is performing the procedure as well as any medical problems the pt has aside from heart disease (diabetes, etc.) Stats compiled by NY at http://www. Heartprotect. Com/mortality-stats. Shtml; overall, 4.2% 1-yr mortality in NY. ...Read more
Depends on risk factors going in!
the operation itself carries good results in general, but smokers, diabetics, obese have increased risks to have the problems and to recover. ...Read more
Excellent: Depends on the specifics like age, extent of disease, and comorbid conditions but the ball park for all comers is in the range of 80-90%. ...Read more
Many: Don't know the exact % but 5 year survival typically increases significantly in patients with 3 vessel disease when they have been revascularized. ...Read more
Bypassing...: Usually the three vessels of the heart (right coronary, left circumflex, and left anterior descending) get bypassed. There could be other combinations of these vessels for the triple bypass, though. ...Read more
About 4 hours: The average time of bypass surgery if about four hours but it depends on a lot ot things. Some surgeons are faster than others but that does not necessarily mean that faster is better. Also it depends on how technically difficult the surgery is. I can never be sure how long it will take me to drive to work. That I get there safely is the most important thing. ...Read more
Pro - in general, if you have 3 vessel coronary artery disease and require "triple bypass" surgery, you will fare better over the long run than you would with stenting or medication alone. You would have better control of angina symptoms and a lesser risk of a heart attack.
Con - risks of bypass surgery, having to go through with surgery and recovery from it. In most patients, risks are small. ...Read more
Varies: The graft may have closed because it was attached to a diffusely diseased vessel with miminal flow. If the area is collateralized, nothing may need to be done. If reduced blood flow to that are of the heart is documented and associated with symptoms, then your own vessel that lost the bypass may possibly be opened with a stent. Talk to your cardiologist. ...Read more
About equal: According to recent reports, long term results are about the same. ...Read more
No push ups 3 mo.: Given that there are no medical issues, healing of the sternum as with any bone in the body, occurs slow. It takes 6 weeks post sternotomy for new bone to start forming. During that time maneuvers that can result in sternal malunion or non union should be avoided. Like falling with outstretched hands, push ups, pushing a car or refrigerator, you may put if you golf but no swinging a bat or club. ...Read more
My dad had triple bypass surgery recently and he has been on the ventilator for about 6 days now. Is he going to get better?
CABG: You need to ask this question of the Drs. Taking care of your dad. They have the information to best respond to this question. ...Read more
My dad had triple bypass surgery last week he has contd to cough since the surgery. Is it normal after his bypass surgery? If yes, how long?
What do you suggest if my father had triple bypass surgery recently and he has been on the ventilator for about 6 days now. Help?
Hope and pray: Sorry to hear about your father's complicated course. Stay nearby. Be there when he awakens. Assist your other family members. Try to remain optimistic. There's nothing you can materially do to alter his course. It's not in your hands to make him better. If praying is something that brings you comfort, this is a good time for it. ...Read more
Triple vessel cornary disease with 3 blockages, what are his options other than triple bypass surgery?
Cardiac cripple: To understand the risk/benefit of recommended bypass, start with the risk of non-operative therapy. With medical therapy alone, the risk for ischemic damage to the heart muscle is real. This can lead to death or weak heart muscle, aka cardiac cripple. The surgical risk is real, but lower than non operative risk. Bypass preserves the heart muscle and you stay on medication. Ok to ask your surgeon. ...Read more
Is there a?: At one time, serious heart disease was considered a contraindication to use of nicotine patches, as was pregnancy. However, that is no longer the case. Judicious use of nicotine patches is far preferable to smoking cigarettes, and are widely used to help people, even post-operatively, to give up smoking or other kinds of tobacco use. ...Read more
Yes it is a type: Yes it's a specific type where 3 arteries are bypassed. ...Read more
Unclear question: It is not unusual to see people with copd/lung disease and bypass surgery. ...Read more
My moms angiography show 3 arteries blocked! 99%, 80%, 79%. So shld we go for triple bypass surgery or any other substitute option? 63yrs old diabetic
Yes: Studies have shown that diabetics with triple vessel disease do better with bypass. Your mom would benefit most from a bypass. Best of luck ...Read more
I have a friend that just had triple bypass surgery he has a rash develop that his body not sure if it's from nicotine patches or if its staph infecti
Prob not infection: There are many kinds if rashes. A very common cause of rashes after surgery is a reaction to medications. Patients are frequently exposed to new ones after surgery. You mentioned the patch. If the rash is near the patch this could be the cause. Also tape can cause rashes. Though bacterial infection can cause rashes they don't happen frequently. But the surgeon should look at it to be sure. ...Read more
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