Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is a very effective therapy for treating patients with coronary atherosclerosis. It is particularly suitable for patients with certain types of disease patterns:
The principle of surgery is to create an alternative blood supply for the heart, a bit like new inserting “new” roads or flyovers onto your heart arteries. This is performed by stitching new arteries or veins beyond the blockages in your coronary arteries to improve the blood flow to the deprived heart muscle.
Traditionally, the operation is performed using a full breastbone cut. A heart-lung machine is used in order that the heart can be stopped.
This procedure is an excellent therapy when performed by experienced surgeons like those working with The Keyhole Heart Clinic. The procedure requires no heart-lung machine and the heart is not stopped. This can provide significant advantages particularly in patients who pose higher than normal preoperative risks for traditional surgery. By avoiding the use of the heart-lung machine, the surgeon can some of the risks associated with the use of this machine on your body.