Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
If you or your loved one are facing coronary artery bypass surgery or aortic/mitral valve replacement surgery, chances are you have many questions and concerns.
Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery
When angioplasty is not an option to clear a blocked artery, your doctor may refer you to a St. Vincent’s cardiac surgeon for a coronary artery bypass graft, which in effect, detours around the area of blockage using a vein from the leg to restore blood flow to the heart. Minimally invasive techniques at St. Vincent’s include endoscopic vein harvesting or making small incisions to take veins from the leg to create a bypass around the diseased arteries.
Open heart bypass (CABG) surgery
In some cases, the work needed to be done to repair the arteries around the heart is more comprehensive or complex than can be corrected through minimally invasive surgery. In this case, open heart surgery may be needed and recommended. You can rest assured that St. Vincent's expert team of cardiac surgeons have the experience, skills and knowledge needed to perform this surgery and get you on the road to recovery.
We're here to help.
The following pages will help guide you and your loved ones during this difficult time. The information will both help you understand what you can expect and what you can do to prepare.
What to expect and how to prepare:
Before and during surgery
Immediately following surgery
Days following surgery
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