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Are smokers or obese people not eligible for coronary artery bypass surgery?

9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
4 doctors agree

In brief: No

They are higher risk but smoking or obesity is not contraindication for coronary artery bypass surgery.

In brief: No

They are higher risk but smoking or obesity is not contraindication for coronary artery bypass surgery.
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Dr. Susan Wingo
If the bypass surgery is not urgently needed, quitting smoking can decrease operation-related complications, and the decrease in inflammation can give the grafts (new blood vessels) a good start, so they will stay open for a long time. One or two weeks off cigarettes before surgery can make a difference if your heart doctor feels this is safe.
Dr. Charles Jost
They are eligible for bypass, however many transplant centers will refuse transplants for those patients.
Dr. Gregg Nishi
Bariatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: CABG

No, they are still eligible, but their risks of surgery are much higher. Obesity and smoking would exclude one from getting a heart transplant though.
Also, smoking would (at least in my practice) exclude you from having weight loss surgery.

In brief: CABG

No, they are still eligible, but their risks of surgery are much higher. Obesity and smoking would exclude one from getting a heart transplant though.
Also, smoking would (at least in my practice) exclude you from having weight loss surgery.
Dr. Gregg Nishi
Dr. Gregg Nishi
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Dr. ALADIN MARIANO
Surgery - Thoracic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Per se, no one is

Excluded. Risk analysis is done for everyone who needs cabg.
Risks will always be a reality. But managing risks is the challenge to the "heart team", that includes the patient.

In brief: Per se, no one is

Excluded. Risk analysis is done for everyone who needs cabg.
Risks will always be a reality. But managing risks is the challenge to the "heart team", that includes the patient.
Dr. ALADIN MARIANO
Dr. ALADIN MARIANO
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