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During bypass surgery, can a surgeon not carry on with the

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During bypass surgery, can a surgeon not carry on with the procedure due to heavy bleeding and arrange another operation date?
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 10 months ago.
Thanks for this questionYes, they can.They usually don't because of how traumatic the procedure is but yes they canYou are talking about heart bypass right?
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Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Yes I am talking about a heart bypass - so what makes the surgeon decide to not continue? And what causes the extreme level of blood loss?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 10 months ago.
Thanks for this replyThe surgeon would not continue if proceeding with the operation would put the patient's life at unacceptable risk Many things could cause a lot of blood loss but usually a tear in the aorta
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Thank you for your reply, just asking a couple of questions to be aware of this.What is a tear in the aorta? How long would they wait before re-starting the proceedure?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 10 months ago.
1)a rip in the largest blood vessel in the body 2)usually 2-3 days
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
What causes the rip in the largest blood vessel?Sorry about all the questions
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 10 months ago.
It could be a surgical error.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Ok. Will that then effect the recovery time of the patient when they have to re-do the proceedure?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 10 months ago.
Yes, just because they have to open him/her up twice
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Ok. That makes sense! Also, about flying abroad and being exposed to sunlight is there a certain time you cannot do these things after the bypass?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 10 months ago.
I wouldn't fly for at least a weeksunlight is okay but not on the scars
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Oh so after a week of the bypass it is okay to fly?My dad is having a bypass and flying out to Albania on the 1st June which is 2 weeks after the surgery but the heat is quite high over there. So that shouldn't be a problem if he stays in the shade?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 10 months ago.
It is fine to go
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
And activites such as swimming etc they are fine so soon after a bypass?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 10 months ago.
I wouldn't recommend any activity unless approved by the surgeon
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Oh right ok - but flying as in going abroad should be fine after 2 weeks of the surgery?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Also, after the operation has been postponed due to the heavy bleeding and a tear in the aorta - can visitors see the patient or is he put in an intensive care unit?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 10 months ago.
2 weeks is fineyes
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Ok. One last question sorry - if it was a surgical error does that mean the surgeon fell below medically reasonable standard of care?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 10 months ago.
Impossible for me to say that or not
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Oh right okay thank you - can the operation be delayed by 5/6 days, before re-operating?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 10 months ago.
yes

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