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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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When was the first successful heart bypass surgery performed?

When was the first successful heart bypass surgery performed?

1964: The first successful bypass surgery was done in russia by dr kolesov in 1964. In the us dr favaloro at the cleveland clinic is credited with the first in 1967. He presented a paper describing a series of several successful cases. Cases. ...Read more

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Is triple heart bypass surgery a serious and complicated surgery?

Is triple heart bypass surgery a serious and complicated surgery?

Yes: Heart surgery is definitely major surgery. It requires the coordinated effort of several doctors, nurses, and technicians. Often the patient is placed on the heart lung machine and the heart is stopped temporarily. The arteries on the heart are usually only 1-2 mm in size - the size of a wire in a paper clip. Fortunately the rate of complication is very small. ...Read more

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What are potential complications or risks following a heart bypass surgery?

What are potential complications or risks following a heart bypass surgery?

It's complicated: Heart surgery is risky - there are risks of stroke, heart attack, liver failure, kidney failure, infection, bleeding, even death. However, for some patients, depending on their individual medical condition and heart blood vessel anatomy, having heart surgery is less risky than not having heart surgery. Many many studies have been devoted to trying to identify who these patients are. ...Read more

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What is the age limit of heart bypass surgery?

What is the age limit of heart bypass surgery?

There is no set age : However, as with any medical procedure, one must weight out the risks/benefit ration. As one gets on in age, the risks of undergoing this procedure increase, perhaps to the point where the risk of death outweighs any potential benefit. The doctor and patient must then explore all possible options. Also remember, some 80 year olds are healthier than others. ...Read more

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What patients should have heart bypass surgery?

What patients should have heart bypass surgery?

Many vessels blocked: The two standard reasons for a coronary artery bypass operation are "triple-vessel" disease in which 3 or more of the primary or secondary vessels have significant blockages and "left-main" disease in which the main left coronary artery has a major blockage before it branches into the left anterior descending (lad) & circumflex arteries. There are other indications depending on the situation. ...Read more

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What are common side effects of heart bypass surgery?

What are common side effects of heart bypass surgery?

Psychological effect: Depression and anxiety are two common psychological effects associated with heart surgery. You should discuss any psychological symptoms and seek a mental health evaluation in consultation with your PCP. ...Read more

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How long after after heart bypass surgery can you fly?

How long after after heart bypass surgery can you fly?

2-6 weeks: If you're recovering well, 2 weeks would be early but possible. 6 weeks would be entirely reasonable. ...Read more

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How soon can you fly in a plane after heart bypass surgery?

Depends: People recover at different rates. One person may leave the hospital in just a few days whereas another may be in the hospital for weeks. When you can resume normal activities including flying in a plane depends on whether there are complications. So there is no one answer to this question. The surgeon and cardiologist will advise you depending on how quickly you recover. ...Read more

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Is It Normal To Feel Very Tired After Heart Bypass Surgery?

CABG fatigue: Fatigue is common after coronary artery bypass surgery however it is prudent to see your surgeon or provider to assess for other causes of fatigue such anemia or infection. ...Read more

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