Ask the doctor: Could heart surgery have affected my lung?

Ask the doctor

Could heart surgery have affected my lung?

Published: February, 2008

Q. Almost three years ago I had triple bypass surgery and mitral valve replacement. I did so having only one lung. It feels like the operation somehow harmed my lung, making it harder to breathe. Can heart surgery do this?

A. As you have come to know, people can live quite normally with just one lung and can even undergo major surgery.

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