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What is the role of your saphenous vein for heart bypass surgery?

What is the role of your saphenous vein for heart bypass surgery?

Bypass conduit: Internal thoracic arteries and saphenous veins are used to bypass the obstructed native coronaries. Depending on location and number if diseased vessels , more length of vein may be harvested, prepared , reversed due to intrinsic valves, and sewn to aorta as inflow, and to distal coronary to provide new flow to heart. ...Read more

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Veins (Definition)

Veins are thin walled vessels that carry deoxygenated blood ...Read more


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Do people need veins for heart bypass?

Do people need veins for heart bypass?

Sometimes.: The best vessels for bypass surgery are the internal mammary arteries (there are two). In patients that require more than two bypass, leg veins (saphenous) are often used but generally don't last as long as mammary arteries. ...Read more

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I had the vein removed from my thigh 8 yrs ago when I had a heart bypass. Am getting a lot of pain at one end of scar. Any reason for this?

I had the vein removed from my thigh 8 yrs ago when I had a heart bypass. Am getting a lot of pain at one end of scar. Any reason for this?

Possible neuroma: Small nerves travel i close proximity to the vein and when injured (which is not always preventable) they may cause the surrounding are to be numb or may produce a neuroma which is a benign pressure sensitive tumor that may cause pain or electrical shocks. If these do not respond to desensitization they may need to be destroyed or excised or transferred to muscle/bone. ...Read more

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Is there a significant difference between getting arteries from your arm for heart bypass instead of veins from your leg?

Is there a significant difference between getting arteries from your arm for heart bypass instead of veins from your leg?

Maybe better: There is debate in cardiovascular surgery whether radial arteries have better long term results than saphenous vein grafts. Assuming the surgeon is experienced in handling the radial artery, the results are at least as good as vein grafts and maybe better over the long run. ...Read more

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For coronary heart bypass surgury, which vein they cut from lower limb to put there?

For coronary heart bypass surgury, which vein they cut from lower limb to put there?

GSV: Usually the great or small saphenous vein in the thigh or calf, respectively. Many places are using arteries from the chest muscle also. ...Read more

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Is there ensurance of no heart attack after bypass surgery of heart for 80% blockage on all vessels?

Is there ensurance of no heart attack after bypass surgery of heart for 80% blockage on all vessels?

No: At one operation, we fix all we can. Some people persist with the same high risk behaviors. Future blockage can occur in the native arteries or the grafts. No guarantee, but good results. ...Read more

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In coronary bypass surgery which blood vessels supply the wall of the heart with blood?

In coronary bypass surgery which blood vessels supply the wall of the heart with blood?

See below: The Left anterior descending with its branches, diagonals and septal perforators, the left circumflex with its branches, obtuse marginals, and the right coronary artery with its branches, especially the posterior descending and posterolateral branches. ...Read more

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What are the risks and benefits of stenting diseased blood vessels / heart bypass surgery / heart transplant / artificial heart valve transplant?

What are the risks and benefits of stenting diseased blood vessels / heart bypass surgery / heart transplant / artificial heart valve transplant?

Way too complex: This question is way to complex for a short text Q&A. Individual patient information is needed to really discuss risks and benefits. This discussion needs to be with a live cardiologist and/or cardiac surgeon. ...Read more

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Has acrylic been used in a heart bypass?

Has acrylic been used in a heart bypass?

No: I do not believe acrylic can be used as bypass material for many reasons, the most important one is stiff material. ...Read more

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Why is a heart bypass sometimes necessary?

Why is a heart bypass sometimes necessary?

Artery blocked: A coronary artery has a blockage so that the heart muscle is not getting enough blood. A vein or artery is connected to the coronary artery past the blockage to restore blood flow. ...Read more

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How can the heart be completely stopped during a bypass?

How can the heart be completely stopped during a bypass?

Heart lung machine: The blood in the heart is diverted in to a machine that oxygenates the blood and returns it to the body. The heart is also infused with chemicals or cooled , this is called cardioplegia. This then makes the heart still , and easy to work on. Some techniques use surgery on beating heart but not the typical procedure. ...Read more

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Has the technique used in doing heart bypasses changed since the 1980s?

Has the technique used in doing heart bypasses changed since the 1980s?

Yes: The additions have been off- pump bypass (widely used), video- assisted (selective), and robotic (rarely). On pump bypass, using cardio- pulmonary bypass, is a mature, well- studied, and widely used technique with excellent short and long term results. ...Read more

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Can you describe a heart bypass operation?

Can you describe a heart bypass operation?

See below: Patients are placed on artificial life support while the heart is stopped with a high dose of potassium, then the veins and arteries are harvest from the legs and mammary artery and bypassed over the blocked arteries, the heart is restarted and then the chest is closed. That simple. Not really, but mortality at major centers is very low, less than 5%. Good luck. ...Read more

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How many heart bypass operations can someone have?

How many heart bypass operations can someone have?

More than one.: After the first one, the risk goes up due to the presence of adhesions, which can increase the risk of excessive bleeding. Most will receive no more than two, at which point one must ask whether the risky surgery is the answer. ...Read more

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What is involved for a person having a heart bypass operation?

What is involved for a person having a heart bypass operation?

Pretty involved: Hello wavyavy -- heart bypass is an open heart surgery -- so you will be pretty involved with the whole process -- most likely you will need to stay in the hospital for about a week and a recovery time up to 3 months -- this is not an optional type of procedure -- but it is done to hopefully prolong your life -. ...Read more

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Just looking for information on septicaemia after heart bypass?

Just looking for information on septicaemia after heart bypass?

Symptoms first: I don't know why you are looking for this but i presume it is for reassurance. Septicemia is the release of inflammatory substances from an infection. Bypasses are not notorious for this and usually there are symptoms of fever, low bp, rapid heart rate and rapid breathing or dyspnea, and usually there is a directed source of infection. ...Read more

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Do veins return blood to the heart?

Do veins return blood to the heart?

Veins: Blood flows out to the tissues through the arteries and capillaries and back to the heart and lungs via the veins. ...Read more

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Will smoking after heart bypass harm me?

Will smoking after heart bypass harm me?

Yes knock it off: If the scar on the front of your chest doesnt convince you to stop smoking nothing will. Smoking will continue to damage your heart arteries and will also prematurely cause your grafts to fail. Never mind the ongoing risk of lung cancer, stroke, etc. ...Read more

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How long does a bypass heart graft last?

How long does a bypass heart graft last?

Multifactorial : Average lifespan of a saphenous vein graft is 7-8 years. 50% open in 10 years. Of an artery usually internal mammary 90% at 10 years. Above depend on severity of disease, surgeon technique and skills, morbidities associated with the patient, quality of the graft, quality of follow up, rehabilitation process, changes in life style, patient responsibility with care. ...Read more

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How can you restart the heart after bypass surgery?

How can you restart the heart after bypass surgery?

Depends: Sometimes now it is not stopped called off pump, surgery. When stopped with cold blood cardioplegia, many spontaneously restart with rewarming to near normal or normal temperature on the pump. If not spontaneous, then we do electrical defibrillation. ...Read more

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