Can surgery help PH?

Yes, surgery can help some kinds of PH.

There are 3 types of surgery used to treat PH: 

  • Pulmonary thromboendarterectomy: This is surgery to remove blood clots in the pulmonary arteries to treat PH which is secondary to recurrent pulmonary emboli.
  • Transplantation of the lungs or both the heart and lungs.
  • Atrial septostomy: This is surgery to open a hole in the wall (also known as atrial septum) between the 2 upper chambers of the heart (right and left atria), in order to allow more blood to flow and to relieve the strain on the right ventricle (RV) of your heart.

Surgery can be risky in patients with PH. As such, your doctor will carefully consider whether to treat your PH with surgery.

You may need to undergo many more tests in order to assess your PH, and to assess your general health and ability to undergo surgery.

Before you proceed with surgery for your PH, you will need to be assessed for surgery by the doctor who would perform the surgery. A surgeon will discuss with you exactly what will be done in surgery, the risks of surgery, and the chances that surgery will improve your PH and help you feel better.