Not everyone is a candidate for pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE) surgery. Your doctor may determine that PTE surgery is not right for you for reasons such as:
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
Even after PTE surgery, you may still experience some symptoms of CTEPH. Also, PTE surgery does not always cure CTEPH. Several studies found that CTEPH came back in approximately 1 out of 10 people who got the procedure. This is known as recurrent CTEPH.
If you are not a candidate for PTE surgery, or you had PTE surgery and your CTEPH came back, talk to your healthcare team about your treatment options.
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