Lung Problems After Off-Pump Bypass Surgery
Patients with existing lung disease have an increased risk of lung problems after off-pump bypass surgery. Possible complications include pneumonia, fluid buildup, and lung failure. In most cases, the condition is temporary, and lung problems after off-pump bypass surgery generally respond well to changes on the breathing machine. In severe cases, or after prolonged use of the breathing machine, a tracheostomy may be performed.
Lung problems after off-pump bypass surgery are a possible complication of this procedure. Some of the lung complications that can develop include:
- Fluid buildup
- Air outside the lung
- Lung failure.
Patients with existing lung disease are at increased risk of developing lung problems, including lung failure, following this procedure.
In most cases of lung failure, it is a temporary condition that responds well to changes on the breathing machine. However, lung failure may require extended use of the breathing tube and machine. In some cases, a tracheostomy, which is a tube placed into your windpipe through your neck, may need to be placed for prolonged breathing assistance. Usually, the tube will not be placed unless you have been on the breathing machine for several weeks.
The treatment for a lung problem after off-pump bypass surgery will depend on how it happened and how serious it is. If there is a problem, your doctor can talk with you about the best treatment for your situation.