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    • JULY 18, 2013
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    What has caused me to have heart or vascular disease, such as disease in the arteries of my neck or the arteries in my leg?

    Usually atherosclerosis is the cause of the problem. Atherosclerosis is hardening of the arteries which is caused by five major risk factors which include: high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, high cholesterol, and your family tendencies toward development of atherosclerosis, meaning genetics. Each of these factors can be controlled, except for the genetic problem. We recommend

    • JULY 18, 2013
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    How do you do the operation?

    Many of the operations can be found on the Internet. Also prior to your surgery your surgeon will be glad to discuss the technical portions of the operation. Some patients want to know exactly how each stitch is placed and others do not want to know much about the technical portions of the operation. Please

    • JULY 18, 2013
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    How many of these procedures have you done?

    All of the surgeons in our group are qualified to do all heart, thoracic and vascular procedures. Sometimes one surgeon has done many more procedures than another and (s)he might even ask a surgeon with more experience to help with the case. None of the surgeons, however, will do a case they do not feel

    • JULY 18, 2013
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    Will I have much postoperative pain?

    Pain after surgery is something we like to minimize. However, after any type of operation we cannot totally eliminate pain. Pain medications will be ordered for you in appropriate doses. While in the hospital if you do not feel the pain medication is adequate, please feel free to speak to the hospital nurse or the

    • JULY 18, 2013
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    What are my chances i.e. risks with surgery?

    Chances are good you will get through surgery without complications. Of course complications can occur with any type of surgery and depend on the risk factors that you have before going into surgery. Your surgeon can discuss this with you prior to surgery. Different types of risk factors include: decreased heart function, significant problems with

    • JULY 18, 2013
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    Will I miss part of my lung after lung surgery?

    We measure your lung function before surgery to determine just how much lung we can remove. You may be somewhat more winded when you do heavy exercises after lung surgery such as mowing the grass or vacuuming the floor, but generally speaking, most people do not miss the amount of lung we remove. If you

    • JULY 18, 2013
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    Will I become disabled after my surgery?

    It is the desire of the physicians taking care of you that you will resume a better life than what you had before surgery. Hopefully, the pain you had in your chest will disappear after your heart surgery or the pain you had in your legs will disappear after a vascular surgery. However, each person

    • JULY 18, 2013
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    Can I have this problem again, such as heart blockage, peripheral vascular disease, or carotid disease?

    Yes you certainly can. The surgery that we do is a palliative type of procedure. In other words, we are just fixing the problem as it exists today. Unlike having your appendix taken out when you have appendicitis, which is a curative operation, doing vascular surgery is mainly bypassing the blockages in the artery or

    • JULY 18, 2013
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    Will my insurance pay for the procedure?

    It is of utmost importance that you clarify this before surgery if you have any questions. Our office will get the procedure approved by your insurance carrier before we schedule surgery to minimize any problems that may occur. However, if you have any questions, please feel free to call our billing office.

    • JULY 18, 2013
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    Do I go to the hospital the night before surgery?

    The answer is no in most cases. For most surgeries, you will go to the hospital two days before surgery to be pre-admitted. Labs and special x-rays may be taken at that time. The night before surgery, we ask that you do not eat or drink anything unless you have been given special instructions by