Heart Disease Home > Injury to Arteries or Organs After Bypass Surgery

(Technically speaking, an open heart surgery is any procedure where the chest is opened, which certainly includes procedures beyond a heart bypass (a valve replacement, for example). However, because a heart bypass is the most common type of open heart surgery, for the purposes of this article, we will be using the terms "bypass" and "open heart surgery" interchangeably.)
 
Injury to a coronary artery is another potential complication of bypass surgery. This situation will require a repeat operation with placement of a coronary artery bypass to the injured coronary artery. Injury to other major organs can also occur as a complication of bypass surgery. This type of injury can be repaired during the operation. However, this may also require another operation to repair the damage.
 
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