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How risky is a heart valve replacement surgery on an obese person?

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Dr. Gregg Nishi
Bariatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Heart valve

Hard to give a number, but being obese definitely increases your risk during and after heart valve surgery.

In brief: Heart valve

Hard to give a number, but being obese definitely increases your risk during and after heart valve surgery.
Dr. Gregg Nishi
Dr. Gregg Nishi
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Dr. Irv Loh
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Increased if very

Obesity may complicate not only the mechanics of the surgery, but the anesthetic, respiratory and healing processes after such major open heart surgery.
The risks go up with severity of obesity and if obesity related conditions like diabetes or sleep apnea are present. Transcatheter valve procedures can minimize the risk, but are less widely available and applicable.

In brief: Increased if very

Obesity may complicate not only the mechanics of the surgery, but the anesthetic, respiratory and healing processes after such major open heart surgery.
The risks go up with severity of obesity and if obesity related conditions like diabetes or sleep apnea are present. Transcatheter valve procedures can minimize the risk, but are less widely available and applicable.
Dr. Irv Loh
Dr. Irv Loh
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