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Dr. Robert Binford
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Heart Bypass Surgery (Definition)

The cardiothoracic surgeon exposes the heart vessels beyond the arteriosclerotic occlusion, and performs microarteriotomy then anastomoses the end of an internal mammary artery, radial artery, saphenous vein to the coronary. The opposite end of the bypass is anastomosed to the aorta, another arterial inflow, or not at all if the mammary is kept proximally attached. ...Read more


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Can heart bypass surgery require cracking the chest open?

Can heart bypass surgery require cracking the chest open?

Sternal incision: The sternum- breast bone is cut with a special saw and wired back together at completion and heals well in general. Done for most congenital, valvular and coronary operations for great exposure and safety and avoids other incisions in chest or groin! ...Read more

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Could heart bypass surgery require opening up of the chest?

Could heart bypass surgery require opening up of the chest?

Yes: Most CABG procedures still require opening the sternum (breastbone) to some degree. While thorascopic surgery is done, it is not mainstream, and usually requires an access thoracotomy (small incision) for completion. ...Read more

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Does 5th heart bypass surgery exist?

Does 5th heart bypass surgery exist?

Yes: You can have a quintuple (5x) coronary-artery bypass. For example, you can use 5 bypass grafts utilizing one artery from each arm, one from each leg, and the left internal mammary artery. ...Read more

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How many hours does heart bypass surgery go on?

Depends: It varies by how many bypasses need to be done and what is used to bypass as well as the experience of the surgeon. For a typical 3 vessel bypass using the interal mammary artery and leg vein, an average time would be 4-6 hours. ...Read more

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Can having a heart bypass surgery affect the memory?

Can having a heart bypass surgery affect the memory?

Yes: The effects of the cardiopulmonary bypass during the surgery together with somewhat lower blood flow to the brain and possible embolization of very small clots or calcified plaques from the major blood vessels (the latter two possible even in off bypass surgeries) can lead to memory changes. It is a very well documented side effect of cardiac surgery. In most cases the changes are minimal. ...Read more

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Does heart bypass surgery increase longevity in a person?

Does heart bypass surgery increase longevity in a person?

Yes in some patients: In some patients with a damaged ventricle and left main or triple vessel coronary artery disease it does. ...Read more

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What is the difference between eecp and heart bypass surgery?

What is the difference between eecp and heart bypass surgery?

One is surgery .: Eecp is external counterpulsation therapy for patients with angina that can not undergo coronary bypass surgery. Coronary bypass surgery requires a surgeon to open your chest and connect an artery or a saphenous vein between the aorta and the coronary arteries beyond the blockages with or without the use of a heart-lung circuit , w/wo stopping heart. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregg Nishi
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Bypass Surgery (Definition)

Bypass surgery is done to aid in weight loss and recovery from obesity by drastically diminishing the size and absorptive capacity of the stomach. Bypass surgery is often successful, but requires extensive follow-up with ...Read more