Coronary Artery Bypass
What is Coronary Artery Bypass?
Coronary artery bypass is a surgical procedure performed when an artery is partially or fully blocked. Using a healthy vessel from another part of the body, the procedure diverts the blood around the blocked area, creating a new path to allow the blood to flow to the heart.
Am I a Candidate?
You may be a candidate for coronary artery bypass surgery if, after a through physical exam, your doctor considers it a better option for your condition than angioplasty. Oftentimes patients are recommended for coronary artery bypass surgery if they have severe chest pain caused by the narrowing of several arteries to the heart, a left main coronary artery that is severely narrowed or blocked or a previous angioplasty that was unsuccessful.
What does Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery Involve?
Coronary artery bypass surgery is generally an open surgery. The patient is put on a heart-lung machine, as the heart is temporarily stopped. A healthy blood vessel from the leg or another part of the body is used to bypass the blocked artery.
What is Recovery Like?
Coronary artery bypass is a major surgery that generally requires four to six weeks recovery. The first day or tow after surgery, you will most likely be kept in the intensive care unit for observation. You will likely remain in the hospital for a week or so.Previous Page Last Review Date: May 15, 2019