|Stints vs Bypass
Jun 4, 2008
I am a 47 year old male HIV pos for 19 years and on retrovirals for about 12. I am going to have angioplasty but the cardiologists says I most likely will need bypass surgery. Is this something I have a good chance of surviving? I am 5'7 and 145lbs exsmoker for 3 years.
Response from Dr. Frascino
Without knowing much more about your particular case, it's difficult for me to give a prognosis. But hey, you've survived HIV for 19 years. Angioplasty and bypass surgery should be a walk in the park compared to that! Talk to your HIV specialist and your cardiologist (and make sure your doctors are talking to each other as well!). If all agree the procedures are necessary, I see no reason why you shouldn't proceed with their recommendation. Being HIV positive should not dissuade anyone from recommended surgery!
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