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.
Better long term. For select patients, those with diabetes, left main or 3 vessel disease, depressed left ventricular function the results are dramatic for long term survival, decreased reintervention rates and symptom relief.

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

Depends on center. Robotic CABG depends on the center and on the surgeon. The frequency varies widely from medical center to center. The robotic approach utilizes smaller incisions, is cosmetically more acceptable, lesser pain and the recovery quicker than conventional surgery. Read more...
Rarely used <1% . Rare. Pro -- smaler incision, sternum not sawed in half. Con -- unknown long term results, grafts may not stay open as long as with open procedure, beecause the anastamoses (sewing grafts onto the arteries) are more difficult. Robot has been around for many years. It is notable that < 1% of all CABG are done with robot at this point for reasons noted above. Don't risk your life / future. Read more...
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...

What is the advantage of taking aspirin following coronary artery bypass surgery?

Platelets. Aspirin reduces the bloods ability to form clots, most importantly in or near your grafts. Read more...
Prevention. It is to help prevent future heart attacks. As with any other medication, risks should be weighed against benefits. Read more...
Reduces clotting. One of the side effects of Aspirin is that it interferes with platelet function and reduces the blood's ability to clot. You are already taking celebrex (celecoxib). This medication also interferes with blood clotting. You should not take asprin while taking Celebrex (celecoxib) without explicit clearance from your doctor. Do not self medicate with this combination. Read more...

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...

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...

What is coronary artery bypass surgery like?

See video. In you tube there is a nice video showing the procedure. There are also visual graphics and animations. Read more...
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...

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...
It is done. With or without cardio-pulmonary bypass. The core principle is to bypass a blocked coronary artery using vein, mammary artery as conduit or substitute, like cephalic vein or gastro-epiploic artery in extreme circumstances. Read more...