How risky is open heart surgery?

CABG 1-2 % mortality. For coronary artery bypass surgery generally in the 1-2% mortality range; for valve replacement 4-5%, higher in re-do surgery.
Not so bad. The national averages for CABG operations are roughly a 2-3-% mortality rate and 5% morbidity rate for stroke, bleeding, infection, etc. Some patients have higher rates if they are sicker overall.

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Is having open heart surgery considered risky?

Some degree. Usually it is less risky than not having it if you need it. The risks vary with what is to be done congenital disease coronary disease valvular disease risk rises with age, obesity, diabetes poor heart function and some othe factors. Read more...

I have a hole in my heart asd and I need open heart surgery is it risky and will my heart be normal after that?

Low risk. Depending on size, some mini ally invasive techniques are possible.Asd fixed should be fine if no other cardiac damage previously. Still need to be a non smoker etc for long term! Read more...
It depends. Risk of surgery depends on age, other diseases you might have, overall heart function, and presence and reversibility of pulmonary hypertension. Read more...

What is open heart surgery?

Open heart. When the chest wall is surgically opened and heart is exposed and surgery performed on the heart or it's arteries we refer to this as "open heart surgery". Read more...

Who does an open heart surgery?

TCV Surgeon. Open heart surgery is performed by cardiothoracic or cardiovascular surgeons, also known as ct or cv surgeons. These surgeons complete a general surgical fellowship and then a subspecialty fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery. Read more...
Heart surgeons. Heart surgeons are medical doctors who have completed 4 years of medical school, 5 years of general surgery residency, and 2-3 years of cardiothoracic residency. Don't let anyone else operate on you. Read more...

How costly is open heart surgery?

It depends. What i found is that open heart surgery costs vary widely from the average 'list price' of $125k to the average negotiated price of over $37k (this was for a population of 8808 patients in 912 hospitals). Since the surgeon charges separately from the hospital, and hospital charges depend on the number of days and the intensity of care, the price could vary widely. Call your insurance or hospital. Read more...
It depends. The cost will depend on your insurance carrier. The hospitals typically bill around $40-$50, 000 for the entire procedure and hospitalization. Read more...

What is an open-heart surgery like?

GOOD. It is major surgery. It takes a month to recover. But it is the most effective surgery to cure symptoms. It is fun to do if you are the surgeon. Read more...

Why is open heart surgery necessary?

Last resort. Heart surgery is typically held in reserve for patients with problems that are life-threatening that cannot be fixed with medications or fixed with percutaneous procedures performed in the cardiac catheterization laboratory. Read more...
Important treatment. Heart surgery is just one treatment arm in the management of heart disease. Certain diseases are known to be treated more effectively with surgery. There are many cases where medications or balloons/stents are inadequate to treat. In several diseases heart surgery is the "gold standard" that other procedures try to compare to. Read more...

How dangerous is open heart surgery?

It depends. Factors like your age, general health, other health problems you might have, prior heart surgeries, pumping function of your heart, and, of course, what particular operation is being considered, all affect the risk of a particular surgery. Read more...

How is the open heart surgery performed?

Bypass. The heart is stopped and the blood returning to the heart is instead diverted to the pump oxygenator, a machine that adds oxygen to the blood which is then pumped back into the aorta. So the surgery can be done with the heart stopped and with the blood bypassing the heart chambers. After the surgery on the heart is completed, the blood is directed back through the heart and lungs. Read more...
Very carefully. The heart is exposed via a sternotomy incision, the patients circulation is supported with cardiopulmonary bypass, the heart is arrested or stopped, the operation is done, then the patient is brought off bypass, incision closed. Read more...