Infections With Beating Heart Bypass Surgery

Infections are a risk of beating heart surgery. The treatment for an infection will depend on where it's located and how serious it is.
 
Some infections, such as skin infections, are simple to treat. You may only need to take antibiotics. Other infections, such as those inside your chest, are more dangerous and might require another chest tube, more surgery, or additional treatment with antibiotics. More serious infections are rare, but they can be fatal.
 
Infection of the breastbone is one of the most serious infections with beating heart surgery that can occur. It may require another surgery, with the possible removal of the breastbone. In more serious cases, it can be fatal.
 
If you get an infection with beating heart surgery, your healthcare provider will explain your treatment options and expected outcomes.
 
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