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What are the advantages and limitations of coronary artery bypass surgery?

What are the advantages and limitations of coronary artery bypass surgery?

Survival advantage: The advantages include relief of chest pain, prevention of heart attack and improving survival. The limitations include risks of surgery, pain and recovery time. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are a type of blood vessels. We can divide blood vessels into 2 categories. Arteries are high pressure vessels which deliver (red) oxygen + blood out into the body. Veins on the other hand or low pressure vessels which return (dark) oxygent - blood from the body ...Read more


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How is a coronary artery bypass surgery (cabg) done?

How is a  coronary artery bypass surgery (cabg) done?

Complex, routine: With or without a heart-lung machine to isolate the heart from the circulation, conduits like vein segments or arteries are placed from the aorta (oxygenated blood) to the target artery beyond the blockage site, thus restoring oxygen to the heart muscle. If suitable, off-pump procedures can be used, though uncertain how much is gained with that less traumatic technique. ...Read more

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How much blockage must there be of coronary arteries to be recommended for bypass surgery versus just getting stent?

How much blockage must there be of coronary arteries to be recommended for bypass surgery versus just getting stent?

Not about degree : it is not about the degree or percentage of blockage. It is about the location or number of areas that have disease. There are also other factors that play a role such as history of diabetes or poor heart function. Most commonly: if the left main artery or all three of the major coronary artery's have significant blockage then surgery is recommended. ...Read more

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How often robotic assisted coronary artery bypass surgery used and advantage co or pro over the regular bypass. ?

How often robotic assisted coronary artery bypass surgery used and advantage co or pro over the regular bypass.
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It depends: In the hands of some surgeons, robotic results may not be as good as for others. Choose your surgeon and medical center well. ...Read more

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What are the limitations of coronary artery bypass surgery?

What are the limitations of coronary artery bypass surgery?

6-12 week restricted: The sternum (breast bone) is the vulnerable item after bypass and one shouldn't drive or lift anything >5# for 6 weeks. No heavy lifting for 12 weeks. One can walk and shower within days. Sex is okay when one feels well enough. ...Read more

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Can you please describe the benefits and limitations of coronary artery bypass surgery?

Can you please describe the benefits and limitations of coronary artery bypass surgery?

Many: Stop angina in some patient groups, prolong survival. Increase coronary blood flow. Follow with cardiac rehab to prevent new or recurrent issues. Limited by patient risk factors, and behavior (smoking, obesity, diabetes) some immediate risk of the surgery for dying, bleeding, infection, stroke but < 2% in general. ...Read more

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What is coronary artery bypass surgery like?

Major surgery: It's one of the most commonly performed major operations. Routinely, surgery takes about 4-5 hours; hospitalization last 4-7 days on average. One recovers over 4-8 weeks with full recovery by 4-6 months. No driving for 6 weeks. The purpose is to help folks return to full function with normal life and is successful in the vast majority. ...Read more

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How is coronary artery bypass surgery conducted?

How is coronary artery bypass surgery conducted?

Step by step: Hello leenicole-- coronary artery bypass ad graft surgery is done in a strict step by step procedure involving first obtaining the bypass graft vessels -- which could be veins in the leg or arteries in the arms/chest -- then the sternum (chest bone) is split and forced open to access the heart in full view and the blocked vessel is bypassed -- etc. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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Coronary Artery (Definition)

Coronary artery is the name given to the blood vessels that supply the myocardium. The word coronary was coined by the first anatomists that noticed that if you remove all muscle from the heart the remaining vessels resemble the shape of a corona or crown. ...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