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Old 05-30-2005, 02:01 PM   #1
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Need Renal Artery Bypass....Have Some Questions

Hi all,

I have had uncontrolled hypertension for 18 months now, despite being on Antenolol w/ diuretic and Clonidine .2 mg/1per day, plus trying all the different types of bp meds that didn't work. I went to the dr for something unrelated and my bp was 155/115, so he suggested a renal artery scan. I showed some blockage in one of my arteries. I went to a surgeon for follow up and she suggested a renal bypass. She said since I am young, 27, that I would outlive a stint and therefore wanted to do something more permanent. I'm getting a second opinion in a few weeks.

I am freaking out b/c I can't find what I'm looking for in regards to this surgery, so if anyone could answer my questions, I would be most appreciative.

1- Is this a serious surgery?

2- Is it painful? Will they have to cut me wide open?

3- How long is the hospital stay?

4- Will I be well once I have this done or is there a chance of having to do it again?

Thanks to anyone who can answer these questions. I can find articles for coronary bypass, but not renal artery bypass. I think once I know the answers to this, then I'll feel much better.

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