Overview of Bypass Surgery
Bypass surgery, or coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG, often pronounced "cabbage"), is a treatment for coronary artery disease and is one of the most commonly performed open heart surgeries. In this procedure, a vein from your leg — or an artery from your chest wall or arm — is used to bypass a coronary artery that is narrowed or blocked by fatty plaque buildup. Because a surgeon can perform several bypasses during a single surgery, CABG is often a good option for people with narrowing or blockage in several coronary arteries. CABG is also a good option for people with severe angina or severe narrowing in the left main coronary artery, or for people whose arteries have re-narrowed after cath lab procedures.
CABG surgery creates a bypass around a coronary artery that has been narrowed or blocked by plaque.
Bypass Surgery in Depth
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Learn what happens (and what you need to do) before, during, and after this procedure:
Where Do I Go?
Bypass surgery is performed in the cardiovascular operating room (also called the CV OR) by a cardiothoracic surgeon and the OR team. Immediately after surgery, patients recover in the Thoracic Intensive Care Unit, a 24-bed unit directly adjacent to the cardiovascular operating room.
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