What are some common complications with a graft bypass, AKA artificial artery?

Question by Chris: What are some common complications with a graft bypass, AKA artificial artery?
My fiance just had surgery at age 20.

I’m very worried and she is very scared.

What are common complications with these type of things? Are they rare or happen often? What are the life spans on the grafts? What was the longest anyone had one?

Thank you.

Best answer:

Answer by Jazz
The vagina occasionally turns inside out. Nothing serious.

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  1. ask your doctor. as far as i know unless the graft gets blocked with clot again the doctor might have to open it up again. complications are infection and uncontrolled blood lost during surgery.

    hope this helps

  2. Artificial artery would be most unusual, especially in a person so young. Normal procedure is to take vein from leg, or if necessary, arm and create the alternative blood flow options by sewing however many “bypasses” into the heart.
    My surgeon guaranteed me a 99% success rate, and he was right, he also advised that, if I take care of rebuilt heart, it will last me another 30 years. I was 63 at the time. Had it 2 years now and things are good.
    Nasty looking scars, but they have faded a lot already..

  3. I understand Off-pump CABG is better than CABG.
    The choice of conduits is highly dependent upon the particular surgeon and institution. Typically, the left internal thoracic artery (LITA) (previously referred to as left internal mammary artery or LIMA) is grafted to the left anterior descending artery and a combination of other arteries and veins is used for other coronary arteries. The right internal thoracic artery (RITA), the great saphenous vein from the leg and the radial artery from the forearm are frequently used. The right gastroepiploic artery from the stomach is infrequently used given the difficult mobilization from the abdomen.
    Risks for any surgery are:
    * Blood clots in the legs that may travel to the lungs
    * Breathing problems
    * Infection, including in the lungs, urinary tract, and chest
    * Blood loss
    Possible risks from having coronary bypass surgery are:
    * Heart attack or stroke
    * Sternal (chest) wound infection, which is more likely to happen in people who are obese, have diabetes, or have already had this surgery
    * Post-pericardiotomy syndrome, which is a low-grade fever and chest pain. It could last up to 6 months.
    * Some people report memory loss and loss of mental clarity, or “fuzzy thinking.”
    * Heart rhythm problems
    (Thousands of open heart surgeries are being done daily all over the world. The post-surgical complications are rare.)

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