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Open Heart Surgery

Side Effects of Open Heart Surgery

Depending on the specific condition, side effects of open heart surgery can range from mild to life-threatening. Less invasive procedures and off-pump open heart surgery may reduce the risks and side effects, but may introduce new factors such as having experienced surgeons.

Doctors at Florida Hospital take every precaution to improve the success of treatments and reduce risks. When determining a treatment plan, speak to your doctor about the potential side effects of open heart surgery, the other treatment options, if any exist, and your prognosis.

These are some of the risks and side effects that you may need to discuss:

  • Heart arrhythmias
  • Reaction to medications
  • Heart tissue damage
  • Pneumonia
  • Fever
  • Swelling
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Memory loss or problems concentrating after surgery
  • Kidney failure
  • Temporary chest pain
  • Breathing problems
  • Blood clots
  • Stroke
  • Death

Serious side effects are more likely to occur in patients who are very ill before surgery or when the surgery is an emergency. Learn more about these risks and how Florida Hospital’s minimally invasive procedures can help reduce surgery risks for patients. Request your appointment.

Locations for Open Heart Surgery