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Kidney Problems as a Complication of 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.)
Following open heart surgery, moderate-to-severe kidney problems can occur in 7 out of 100 patients. Mild kidney problems can occur in as many as 20 out of 100 people. Most of the time, these kidney problems are temporary, returning to normal within seven days and causing no permanent damage. However, some people that develop kidney problems as a complication of open heart surgery do go on to require chronic dialysis.
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