CABG/Open Heart Surgery
Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Surgery (CABG)/open heart surgery: If your physician diagnoses significant coronary artery disease that cannot
be treated with medication and/or angioplasty, Coronary Artery Bypass
Grafting (CABG) may be recommended. Bypass surgery is an operation in
which surgeons create a bypass (detour) to allow blood to go around blockages
in the coronary arteries. A blood vessel from your leg or chest, or an
artery from your arm is sewn onto your coronary artery below the blockage.
The narrowed/blocked area of the artery is not removed. Bypassing the
obstructed area in the coronary artery will improve the blood supply to
the heart muscle, therefore, reducing the symptoms caused by the lack
of blood supply to the heart. Removal of the leg or chest vessel, or artery
from the arm will not affect blood circulation in that specific area.