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Why do you need bypass surgery? If you are suffering chest pain or other symptoms that may indicate a cardiovascular problem, your doctor will likely want you to undergo an angiogram (cardiac catheterization) to see if your coronary arteries are blocked by plaque. A blockage can cause a decrease in the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart, and over time can lead to debilitating chest pain or a heart attack. If angioplasty proves unsuccessful, the position of the blockage is too difficult to access by angioplasty, or you have severe blockages in multiple major vessels, your doctor may recommend that you undergo coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. Bypass surgery has been performed for nearly 40 years. Cardiovascular surgeons have received extensive training on bypass techniques. More than 500,000 bypass procedures are performed each year in the United States, making it the most frequently performed major surgery in the country. What happens during bypass surgery...
The first six months after gastric bypass surgery is something of a grace period. The weight comes off easily and rapidly. Weight loss in the first six months is accelerated, and the appetite is minimal. There is very little hunger during those first months. If you have had gastric bypass surgery, you can expect to lose thirty to forty percent of your excess body weight . If you have had gastric banding surgery, you will lose one to two pounds per week or about thirty to fifty pounds in the first six months. Factors That Influence Weight Loss after Bariatric Surgery All of us are similar, but none of us are the same. Given that, weight loss and the rate at which it is lost will vary from person to person. Independent factors also will influence weight loss and how quickly the pounds are shed. Starting weight prior to surgery, metabolism, activity levels, health conditions, medications, and adherence to dietary guidelines are all factors that should be considered when assessing how much we...
Off-pump coronary artery bypass; OPCAB; Beating heart surgery; Bypass surgery - heart; CABG; Coronary artery bypass graft; Coronary artery bypass surgery; Coronary bypass surgery
Risks for any surgery include:
Blood clots in the legs that may travel to the lungs
Infection, including in the lungs, urinary tract, and chest
Possible risks from having coronary bypass surgery include:
Heart attack or stroke
Chest wound infection, which is more likely to happen if you are obese, have diabetes, or have already had this surgery
Low-grade fever and chest pain, together called post-pericardiotomy syndrome, which can last up to 6 months
Memory loss, loss of mental clarity, or "fuzzy thinking"
Heart rhythm problems
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