Not everyone is a candidate for pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE) surgery. Your doctor may determine that PTE surgery is not right for you:
The blockages in your pulmonary arteries cannot be reached by the surgeon and are therefore inoperable.
Your chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) team has decided, based on your overall health or other conditions, that the risk of surgery is too high.
Roughly 40% of patients are not eligible for PTE surgery (inoperable CTEPH), and as many as 51% of patients may still have PH after surgery (persistent/recurrent CTEPH). Your doctor may consider other treatments in these cases, such as:
Oral drug treatments (ask your doctor for more information)
BPA surgery: A surgery that can be used to open obstructed blood vessels. This procedure should only be completed by a trained specialist, whom you should be referred to
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