Studies have shown in 80 to 95 percent of patients, bypasses made with segments of the mammary artery still performed efficiently 10 years after surgery. Two-thirds to 75 percent of patients who received grafts from leg veins still had satisfactorily unrestricted blood flow after 10 years.
Remember that even if your graft becomes blocked, you may not need additional bypass surgery. However, you may be a candidate for balloon angioplasty and insertion of a stent.
Ultimaately, there is no textbook answer to this question as it depends on many factors. These include your condition going into the surgery, the particular surgery, your particular recovery course, any complications that might have occurred post-operatively (delay in healing, infection, abnormal cardiac rhythms), other underlying medical conditions, and your doctors. The best outlook would come from your surgeon and/or cardiologist, as they are familiar with your condition and case.
Thanks for your input. That does make sense. But, since I was told there is an average lifespan after the surgery by 2 different Dr.s, it scared me. I guess they've done studies and have stats on how long people live and I want access to the stats somehow. Do you think the American Heart Association would have that?
On Wikipedia it says: ""successful grafts typically last around 10–15 years""
I don't know where or from who they would get stats like that from???
I haven't heard of anyone dying from a failed graft.
And tho I'm sure it happens and I haven't heard of it, I've never even heard of a bypass person dying of a heart issue.
Lets think about famous people we know that have had bypasses:
David Letterman had it 10 years ago, he doesn't look like he is dying.
Larry King had it 23 years ago, and he's now 77yrs old.
Johnny Cash lived after a bypass 15 years, before he died of complications from diabetes.
There is just so many factors in it. And doctors are getting better and better at it. There's even newer drugs coming out. There is even a new cholesterol drug in testing right now that is going to be out in 5 years thats several times better then any cholesterol drug we have right now.
Why does it scare you??? Did you have a bypass???
These stats your looking for will tell you nothing, as they will be counting people that are mostly really old and have died of all other heath issues.
I had a Quadruple Bypass at age 39. I have NO other health issues. I feel heathly now then I've felt in years. Do you think someone could use stats of mainly 90yr olds with many other health issues and that are not active and still don't eat right, to tell me when I might die?? It just wouldn't make any sense.
Have you even ever heard of a person dying from a failed or expired bypass? With all the people having bypasses, we should hear of people dying of bypasses, but we just don't.
I believe both of your doctors are WRONG.
The problem is that you are looking for an answer based on the information your doctor has given you. You want to know what the life expectancy of the person is, the doctor is telling you the expectancy of the grafts.
It's true that grafts last from 10-15 years, but at the end of that time, one doesn't just fall over dead because their heart quits working.
If someone is in relatively good health, somewhere between 10 and 15 years later they start having the symptoms of some sort of heart failure - trouble breathing, heart palpitations, or angina. The person goes to the doctor, goes through a heart catherization so the doc can see what's inside, and if you need another bypass, there are enough veins and arteries to do another complete surgery.
10-15 years later (my brothers bypass is 17 years old) you might again experience heart problems. At that time, stents will probably be the only answer.
However, experiments have now proven that arteries can be grown in a lab from skin cells that can be tricked into thinking they are stem cells designed to make an artery. The current guess is that replacement artery procedures will be available in 10-12 years and common practice in 15-20 years.
My first bypass was a quad at the afe of 33. My second was a quintuple at 44. I have had two stents, one when I was 55 and the second when I was 61. I'm on the downhill side to 65 right now.
I've lived for 31 years after my first quadruple bypass.
Be positive! That, all by itself, is guaranteed to give you at least another five years longer than your most optimistic guess.
I didn't think I'd live past 50, but eating fried chicken and gravy with mashed potatoes only three times a year have given me many more years than I anticipated.
My goal now is to live to see my 1 year old granddaughter graduate from high school - and after that goal, college - at which time I will be 86 years old!
My cardiologist told me after my triple bypass in 1997 at age 49 that if I ate right and exercised etc. I could expect to be under the surgeons knife again in 10 years, if I didn't do those things then it would be 7 years. I am now 63 and have made some concessions in my eating habits and don't get nearly enough exercise, however I am very heart healthy and have never had angina or any other heart related problems. I do however take all of the medications that I am prescribed including cholesterol and blood pressure meds. Now I would never tell anyone to do the things I do as eating habits and so forth, but, all I'm saying is Dr's don't always have all of the answers as everyone's body is different.
THANKS FOR THE INFO I hAD A HEART ATTACK CHRISTMAS DAY THANKFULLY SOMEBODY WAS HOME AT THE TIME GOT ME TO UT ON HELICOPTER TRIPLE BYPASS AND VALVE REPAIR i AM DOING FINE WITH MEDICTION ANMDA CARDIAC REHAB I AM 72 YRS OLD I LIVE IN TENN UT IS UNIVERSITY OF TENN DRS AND NURSES ARE WONDERFUL thanks Bill
Good to hear your doing well. Its hard at first, and its a long recovery, but you'll get back to your old self in a year or so.
Here's a video of other bypass people, there's at least one in it also is still alive after over 30 years.
people everyday during bypass surgery
people everyday during bypass surgery dumbass
I don't understand your comment, but seeing you've posted the same comment 3 times leads me to believe you are a dumb ass.
Did you mean people die during surgery? Cause if so that number is very low, less them 5 percent of bypass surgeries end up with a dead person on the operating table. But this question wasn't "during" but it was "after" the surgery.
I am now 75 years old and had a triple bypass in 1994 so this year is my twentiety aniversary. Now . . . I have never smoked, drink alchol only socially and in moderation and am active. I retired from the military at the age of 41 in 1979. I teach and practice Tai Chi Chih a set of movements for seniors and those that cannot do Yoga. I have had one stent "installed" about five or so years ago, and am told that I need one more, this one in one of the bypass veins used in 1994. How long these last depends on, guess who? YOU!!!!!!
You seem extremely knowledgeable not to mention extremely helpful. I just stumbled upon this page because I was wondering about my mothers triple bypass surgery and everything you had to say was so helpful to me. Thank you and may I also say you and other bypass patients are among the bravest people I know. Take care
very good and very true.....thanks
I don't want to rain on everyone's positive vibes, but I had a triple bypass at 55, and now 11 months later, two of the three grafts have failed, and I'm left with few options. They say it's rare this happens, and mostly with females, which I am, so I guess I'm just the one that had the bad luck this time.
I've heard a few stories like yours, and when I hear them, they never include any other details. There is a percent of people, that rushed the recovery and didn't give the graphs time to heal?? Others may have been smokers and continued to smoke after surgery?? Some may not have changed how they eat or exercise?? Some may just have a very bad negitive attitude that may effect the heart?? And there are some surgeons that are just not as good as others and don't do a very good job?? Some people don't take their meds. SOme doctors might not put the people on the right meds. And then I agree there has to be a very very small percent of people that everything was done right and still problems occured for no reason. But these percents of failure are very small. Open Heart Surgery is no longer as scary as it still sounds.
I personally don't know, but I had one 6 weeks ago, not a planned one. went in for a stress test and wo la... anyway, my voice has NOT returned to normal and it has been 6 weeks. anyone else have this or what to do? people can't hear me when on phone or some evn in a room
Hi, I had a tripple by pass in may 2001 (12 years ago) and apex of my heart muscle is dead.... can I still have another open heart surgery if necessary.... I am now on Imdur 30 mg for about 3.5 years and its helping.... my last MIBI nuclear test shows that my heart is working good.... also I take aspirin, beta block, vasotec and lozec
I am really worry what would happen if I had another heart attack....
see my by-pass was complicated by having 3 seizures as I had 16 years before my CAB repaired brain aneurysm....
can you give me some advice... thank you.