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.
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.

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What is coronary artery bypass surgery like?

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