Having just been through my 2nd open-heart surgery and 3rd heart surgery in total (the first time they went through my ribs) I was given a 3-5% chance of something going wrong. Compared to a 100% chance of death by not going through with the surgery, they were considerably much better odds!!
Originally Posted by ALCapshaw2
Of course the healthier you are before surgery, the better your odds over-all, so it is important to make sure you are eating well, keeping as active as possible (this can be difficult if your exercise tolerance is lower because of your heart, but even a daily walk is better than nothing), NOT SMOKING!!, losing extra weight if you can / need to, and keeping away from anyone who may pass on a cold or virus close to surgery - regular washing of hands helps reduce your chance of catching something (I kept an anti-bacterial lotion in my bag for when I had to go to public places like supermarkets).
As far as surgical complications, for some people who have had multiple surgeries there may be issues with excess scar tissue, but it's hard to predict if or what complications may occur. A skilled team will be prepared for most things, but sometimes it's impossible for them to predict a potential complication. Over-all, it's probably a very minor risk and not worth needlessly worrying over.
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