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Heart Bypass Surgery

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Dr Garry Weide & Kristin Crain, NP with Carle Heart and Vascular Institute talk with Matt & Heather about heart bypass surgery. Video: Heart Bypass Surgery
Dr Garry Weide & Kristin Crain, NP with Carle Heart and Vascular Institute talk with Matt & Heather about heart bypass surgery. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:32:02 +0000 Heart Bypass Surgery Dr Garry Weide & Kristin Crain, NP with Carle Heart and Vascular Institute talk with Matt & Heather about heart bypass surgery. WCIA >> it's a life-saving procedure. heart bypass surgery. the road to recovery may have its ups and downs. >> here with insight on what patients can expect, cardiac surgery doctor - -. and - - with the - - institute sponsoring the segment, good to have you both. >> i'm excited to have you because i saw my friend on facebook just posted his grandma was admitted this week and she needs this bypass surgery. you don't think about what that means exactly. besides it doesn't sound very good. when we are talking about bypass surgery in patients. will this fix everything permanently for good? >> the goal is to fix everything permanently. unfortunately, they aren't guaranteed to stay open forever. things that impact long-term comes down to what was used for the grafting to begin with. if we use an artery from the inside of the breastplate, those last a lot longer. once the patient goes home, a lot of it is on them to take care of them, take medication, lose weight, control their blood sugars. then they should have a long-lasting recovery. >> stop smoking. you can't go back to the way you were before. we have cautionary points. nothing lasts forever. the reality is you can expect just because you have one bypass, doesn't mean other problems haven't developed. >> kristin, talk about how long it will take to recover from a surgery like this. >> generally, we expect the patient to be in the hospital for about a week. after that, there's a 6-8 week to yield to must like a bone fracture. >> this is off-topic, is anyone developing, instead of taking arteries that are already in use. are there artificial arteries? >> there are that are being trial used that can be utilized. unfortunately, they aren't as good as your own native vessels. while they do exist, they are not quite as good as what you produce in your own body. >> when i hear bypass surgery, i automatically think this doesn't sound good. this sounds scary. this is going to be rough. is it a pretty invasive surgery? >> it's an invasive surgery. it's a procedure where you have your chest opened. you end up on the heart, lung machine. thankfully, over the course of many years, the technique has been perfected. the anesthetic care, recovery in the icu, bypass machine has allowed us to perform the operation with lowmorbidity or risk of complications . >> does it take a heart attack to determine if someone needs bypass surgery? >> know it does not. >> recovery probably parallels what people should be doing and it's all of the risk factors we talked about. not to smoke, watch their blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, things like that. >> keep moving once you get home. keep everything nice and clean because you don't want infections. >> there are things in that initial time they need to keep washing that incision daily. we worry about people not getting enough exercise and blood clots and things like that. >> as we look at things on the screen. no pushing, lifting. there are physical limitations in the recovery process. >> we say they are going home with external precautions to let that bone heal completely. >> how long after recovery can people get back to resuming their normal life? >> we say 2-3 months. eight weeks, the chest bone has a chance to heal. you can go back to resuming whatever you were doing prior to surgery. whether that was running, exercising, lifting weights. >> it's great to have people in the community that no. which is why you encourage people to see what you were doing. why choose carl? >> this week, we performed our 100 - - replacement. prior to that, you had to travel outside of the community. we are a level i trauma center. all of your care can be performed right here locally and not have to travel to chicago or indianapolis or st. louis for that matter. >> thank you for your time. and the information. >> we are in the

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