Non-coronary cardiac surgery and percutaneous cardiology procedures in aircrew

Norbert Guettler, Edward D. Nicol*, Joanna D'Arcy, Rienk Rienks, Dennis Bron, Eddie D. Davenport, Olivier Manen, Gary Gray, Thomas Syburra

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This manuscript focuses on the broad aviation medicine considerations that are required to optimally manage aircrew following non-coronary surgery or percutaneous cardiology interventions (both pilots and non-pilot aviation professionals). Aircrew may have pathology identified earlier than non-aircrew due to occupational cardiovascular screening and while aircrew should be treated using international guidelines, if several interventional approaches exist, surgeons/interventional cardiologists should consider which alternative is most appropriate for the aircrew role being undertaken; liaison with the aircrew medical examiner is strongly recommended prior to intervention to fully understand this. This is especially important in aircrew of high-performance aircraft or in aircrew who undertake aerobatics. Many postoperative aircrew can return to restricted flying duties, although aircrew should normally not return to flying for a minimum period of 6 months to allow for appropriate postoperative recuperation and assessment of cardiac function and electrophysiology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S70-S73
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • cardiac surgery
  • health care delivery


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