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Bypass Heart Surgery, Is there any more involved risks being a smoker ?

I have a family member who has to have a single bypass heart surgery. I was wondering if there any difference as far as a single bypass, double, triple, etc. Does it mean more complications?, or less. Also i have read that there is a very high risk of not making it out of surgery because of the fact that he smokes. Is there any more involved risks being that he s a smoker? Also what should i expect. Thanks.
Asked On : Sat, 19 Dec 2009
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Since your family member is having a single by-pass only one of his coronary arteries is blocked. Being a smoker leads to coronary artery disease but I don't think it will complicate the surgery however the recovery will be more difficult. After the surgery, we tend to get some fluid build-up in the chest cavity and the lungs. Some coughing is required to clear the lungs. I have had a triple bypass and I am still recovering. It can take 3 -6 months to recover from the surgery. The usual hospital stay is 5 - 6 days. The doctors will strongly suggest that the smoking stops. Good luck.
Answered: Sat, 19 Dec 2009
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