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Can someone have heart bypass surgery if his or her aorta is calcified?

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Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Anesthesiology
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In brief: Yes.

A calcified aorta typically makes the procedure more challenging, mainly because most heart surgery requires a "bypass" machine to keep blood perfusing the body.
The"return" cannula is typically inserted into the root of aorta. Calcified aorta makes this harder and riskier to do. Other options exist however, the femoral artery is ofter used if aorta severe.

In brief: Yes.

A calcified aorta typically makes the procedure more challenging, mainly because most heart surgery requires a "bypass" machine to keep blood perfusing the body.
The"return" cannula is typically inserted into the root of aorta. Calcified aorta makes this harder and riskier to do. Other options exist however, the femoral artery is ofter used if aorta severe.
Dr. Scott Mackinnon
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Dr. Kevin Lingle
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Depends

Unless one has a "porcelain" aorta, which is heavily calcified, CABG is possible.
But i would defer to the ct surgeon performing the operation.

In brief: Depends

Unless one has a "porcelain" aorta, which is heavily calcified, CABG is possible.
But i would defer to the ct surgeon performing the operation.
Dr. Kevin Lingle
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