Surgery and Devices Revascularization Surgery Revascularization surgery helps to restore blood flow to the heart. It can treat blocked arteries in patients with coronary artery disease and may help select patients with heart failure. Surgery types include coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) and angioplasty (also called percutaneous coronary intervention [PCI]). CABG is a traditional type of open heart surgery. Angioplasty uses a catheter to inflate a balloon inside the artery. A metal stent may also be inserted during an angioplasty procedure. [For more information, see In-Depth Report #03: Coronary artery disease.]
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Click the icon to see an illustrated series detailing heart bypass surgery. Pacemakers Pacemakers, also called pacers, help regulate the hearts beating action, especially when the heart beats too slowly. Biventricular pacers (BVPs) are a special type of pacemaker used for patients with...
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Now that your weight loss surgery has been performed successfully, have some water. Good. Now have some more water. Great. Excellent. Now have some more water. Okay, hold on a minute. Let’s start again before you float away or crash your bariatric program before it even gets off the ground. Just after weight loss surgery, the immediate goal is to stay hydrated and begin to grow accustomed to the idea and execution of drinking adequate amounts of fluids on a daily basis. Sipping and not gulping is the method for consumption just after weight loss surgery. Allow your bariatric surgeon and your support team of professionals to guide you. There are phases to recovery that should be adhered to which will prevent harm and promote success. The goal amount of water per day is 64 ounces. It will take s...
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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