What Are The Risks Involved In Cardiac Surgery?

Cardiac surgery is often needed to address problems such as heart failure, plaque buildup that partially or totally blocks blood flow in a coronary artery, faulty heart valves, dilated or diseased major blood vessels, and abnormal heart rhythms.

These days, cardiothoracic surgeons utilize an automated chest tube clog clearance system for cardiac surgery which enables them to measure fluid drainage. The tube drainage system helps in recovery after surgery. This latest technology has been termed a successful method. 

As we know most heart surgeries are complex. Although often successful, they do entail risks. You can have a look at some of the risks:

  • Bleeding

  • Infection

  • Reactions to anesthesia

  • Damage to tissues in the heart, kidneys, liver, and lungs

  • Stroke

  • Death, especially for someone who is already very sick before surgery

The risk is higher if you have other diseases or conditions, such as diabetes, peripheral artery disease, or kidney or lung disease.

Hence, a specially trained physician anesthesiologist, called a cardiac, cardiothoracic, or cardiovascular anesthesiologist, is involved in your care before, during, and after surgery to reduce the risks of the surgery.

Physician anesthesiologists are the most highly skilled medical experts in anesthesia care, pain management, and critical care medicine. They have the education and training that, in some circumstances, can mean the difference between life and death.