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Can you tell me the risks and the recovery period for a carotid subclavian bypass?

Can you tell me the risks and the recovery period for a carotid subclavian bypass?

Carotid Subclavian: There are many risks with any vascular surgery. You need to discuss with your vascular surgeon because risk profile varies with each individual. Recovery period is usually 2 weeks. ...Read more

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What are the risks and the recovery period for a carotid subclavian bypass?

What are the risks and the recovery period for a carotid subclavian bypass?

Safe procedure: This is generally a safe procedure in most patients. There are risks to injury to nerves, including nerves to the diaphragm, tongue, and voice box. There is a risk of injury to the thoracic duct, a major lymphatic vessel that can be close to the subclavian artery. Overall, these risks are low. Most people recover easily within 24 hours and go home the next day. ...Read more

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How long is the recovery period for carotid end-arterectomies?

How long is the recovery period for carotid end-arterectomies?

Usually very short: If you had no stroke prior to the surgery and immediately after the surgery, we expect the recovery to be very smooth and brief. ...Read more

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Is it true that a vascular bypass surgery is only good for 5-10 years? What will happen to the pt after that period? Will she need amputation then?

Is it true that a vascular bypass surgery is only good for 5-10 years? What will happen to the pt after that period? Will she need amputation then?

Vascular Bypass Life: Yes, the average life-expectancy of a vascular bypass does range 5-10 years for most patients. Heart bypasses tend to last longer than bypasses in other locations of the body. Bypass that uses vein tend to last longer than those that utilize synthetic conduits, such as gortex or dacron velour grafts. Bypass life can be extended by doing stents or angioplasty or even surgical revision over time. ...Read more

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Will compressing(blocking) both the left and right common carotid arteries for a sufficient period of time lead to complete brain death?

Will compressing(blocking) both the left and right common carotid arteries for a sufficient period of time lead to complete brain death?

Yes.: Your brain is always active and requires a great deal of oxygen to function. Complete occlusion of both carotid arteries would compromise blood flow to most of the brain and could cause a hypoxic brain injury or death. ...Read more

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I notice whenever I have my period that the carotid artery on the right side of my neck swells up. Is this normal?

I notice whenever I have my period that the carotid artery on the right side of my neck swells up. Is this normal?

No: The swelling you are seeing in your neck is not the carotid artery. The carotid artery lies deep in the neck and can't be seen at the skin level. The swelling might be the external jugular vein. If so this might be the sign of increased venous pressure. ...Read more

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Can you survive with one carotid artery? I'm not talking about a blocked one. I'm talking about not having one period.

         Can you survive with one carotid artery? I'm not talking about a blocked one. I'm talking about not having one period.

Common anomaly.: An absent carotid artery, believe it or not, isn't uncommon (between 1 to 3% of people have it). Blood flow to the brain goes via the carotids as well as the 2 vertebral arteries. In the brain, they form a "circle of Willis" so that less blood flow thru one artery is compensated by more flow thru the others. For those w/o 1 of the 4 arteries, the others get bigger & supply the whole brain. ...Read more

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Having my period for 2 weeks will not go away really heavy and blood clots I did have gastric bypass surgery a year ago?

Having my period for 2 weeks will not go away really heavy and blood clots I did have gastric bypass surgery a year ago?

Need check up.: Your gastric bypass a year ago cannot have a direct effect now. If you are sexualy active you need to go to ER and let them check you out. If you are not sexually active, you need a detailed examination as well as blood work to check your hormones. Good luck.. ...Read more

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I had gastric bypass surgery in 2006. I was wondering if it is normal to have green bowel movements. I have them several times a month for like the past year or so. It is most noticeable the week around my period. Is this normal?

I had gastric bypass surgery in 2006. I was wondering if it is normal to have green bowel movements. I have them several times a month for like the past year or so. It is most noticeable the week around my period. Is this normal?

Interesting: If occurring several times a month, not likely associated with your period (unless it is also occurring several times a month?). If no other symptoms (pain, nausea, vomiting, fever, weight loss) then reassuring. Associated with certain foods/beverages (food dyes?). Might want to keep symptom and food diary to see if link. Would also discuss with your surgeon. Hope this helps. Good luck. Dr R ...Read more

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Are there any long term post operative limits or complications from a carotid subclavian bypass?

Are there any  long term post operative limits or complications from a carotid subclavian bypass?

Exercise, monitoring: With vascular disease your best long term result is to quit nicotine, exercise, take your vascular medications, go in for routine vascular monitoring (ultrasound of your graft and other arteries with plaque). Graft patency is enhanced with vascular medications and monitoring. ...Read more

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