Use of Lasix after Coronary Bypass Surgery 
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 Use of Lasix after Coronary Bypass Surgery

I would appreciate if someone familiar with post-operative problems
for coronary bypass patients could advise me on this.

My father is 78 years old.He had a quadruple bypass done at the
Cleveland Clinic on September 21st.The one problem he has had
post-op is plueral effussion in his left lung.Even after a month  a
quarter of the lung could not be seen.On an x-ray the shape of his
lung is clearly defined now.Though there is still some liquid...

But what is of most concern to us is his continued of lasix to
reduce fluid retention is resulting in loss of potassium thus
physically weakening him.He is now also taking potassium
supplements.Additionally we hear from some friends who have had
surgery done in Australia as well as the U.S.that fluid retention
is a lifelong problem for bypass patients.Though 78 my father was
an active man.To hear this after undergoing surgery to be better
is certainly very demoralising for him esp. since he underwent the
surgery purely as a pre-emptive move.Could anyone give me their
thoughts or experience on this?

Thank you
Hisham

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Fri, 13 Jun 1997 17:23:54 GMT
 Use of Lasix after Coronary Bypass Surgery

Quote:
>I would appreciate if someone familiar with post-operative problems
>for coronary bypass patients could advise me on this.

>My father is 78 years old.He had a quadruple bypass done at the
>Cleveland Clinic on September 21st.The one problem he has had
>post-op is plueral effussion in his left lung.Even after a month  a
>quarter of the lung could not be seen.On an x-ray the shape of his
>lung is clearly defined now.Though there is still some liquid...

>But what is of most concern to us is his continued of lasix to
>reduce fluid retention is resulting in loss of potassium thus
>physically weakening him.He is now also taking potassium
>supplements.Additionally we hear from some friends who have had
>surgery done in Australia as well as the U.S.that fluid retention
>is a lifelong problem for bypass patients.Though 78 my father was
>an active man.To hear this after undergoing surgery to be better
>is certainly very demoralising for him esp. since he underwent the
>surgery purely as a pre-emptive move.Could anyone give me their
>thoughts or experience on this?

Fluid retention is very common after ACB surgery for a number of
reasons.  In addition there is a condition that sometimes occurs
afterwards called post-pericardotomy syndrome that predisposes to fluid
around the lung and sometimes pain and fever for a period of time after
surgery.

Many people will no longer need the lasix after a period of time.  On
the other hand, were there any cardiac complications from the surgery?
Was your dad's heart normal pre-op?  The answer to these questions may
affect the long term need for diuretic use.

On the other hand, the problem may be one of dosage.  Most people can
use lasix without severe complications.

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// Matt DeCaro





Sat, 14 Jun 1997 04:32:39 GMT
 
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