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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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Dr. Ted King
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Veins (Definition)

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


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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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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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Why is it that heart bypass stints fail?

Why is it that heart bypass stints fail?

Stents: Stents can fail after they have been placed if a clot forms in the stent or if the lining of the vessel grows into the stent in an overgrowth manner and causes obstruction of the stent. Rarely there is a tear in the blood vessel called a dissection which can happen when the stent is placed. ...Read more

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What are the worst consequences of heart bypass?

What are the worst consequences of heart bypass?

Death, Heart Failure: The worst consequence of all would be death, but others would include heart failure (a weak heart), infection (mediastinitis), pericardial effusion (fluid around the heart), stroke, heart attack and others. Fortunately, in good hands these are pretty rare. ...Read more

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