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Bypass heart surgery risks?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Many but uncommon

Bypass surgery is major surgery.
There are risks although the majority of patients don't get them or at most one. Rhythm disturbances, bleeding, and infection are the commonest. Congestive failure, collapsed lung, torn sternal wire from coughing occasionally occur. Nerve damage, stroke, heart attack, death are rare but sometimes occur (<1-2% generally).

In brief: Many but uncommon

Bypass surgery is major surgery.
There are risks although the majority of patients don't get them or at most one. Rhythm disturbances, bleeding, and infection are the commonest. Congestive failure, collapsed lung, torn sternal wire from coughing occasionally occur. Nerve damage, stroke, heart attack, death are rare but sometimes occur (<1-2% generally).
Dr. Bennett Werner
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Dr. Pasala Ravichandran
Surgery - Thoracic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Low risk

Overall risk of complications is less than 1% in patients with minimal risk factors.
The major risks are death, heat attack (mi), stroke, wound infection in the chest or in the leg and occasionally post cardiotomy syndrome that leads to chronic pericardial and pleural effusions.

In brief: Low risk

Overall risk of complications is less than 1% in patients with minimal risk factors.
The major risks are death, heat attack (mi), stroke, wound infection in the chest or in the leg and occasionally post cardiotomy syndrome that leads to chronic pericardial and pleural effusions.
Dr. Pasala Ravichandran
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