Can you describe a heart bypass operation?

See below. Patients are placed on artificial life support while the heart is stopped with a high dose of potassium, then the veins and arteries are harvest from the legs and mammary artery and bypassed over the blocked arteries, the heart is restarted and then the chest is closed. That simple. Not really, but mortality at major centers is very low, less than 5%. Good luck.
It's plumbing :) The heart has blocked and we put new pipe in. Unfortunately we can't go to home depot to buy the pipe. So we get it from your legs, arms, and or chest wall. The best graft is the mammary artery from the breast bone. We go around the blockages by hooking in before and after the blockage. Many times we use the heart lung machine but we don't have to.

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How many heart bypass operations can someone have?

More than one. After the first one, the risk goes up due to the presence of adhesions, which can increase the risk of excessive bleeding. Most will receive no more than two, at which point one must ask whether the risky surgery is the answer. Read more...

How soon can someone travel after heart bypass operation?

It Depends. Check with your surgeon. The exact recommendation depends upon what type of surgery you had, how quickly you healed, your type of transportation, and your travel plans. Ask your doctor how soon you can travel in a car with seatbelts, how soon and how long you can fly in an airplane, and what activity level is recommended for you. With this information you should be able to make travel plans. Read more...
Soon. By car in a week- to get home! by plane a few weeks is common but it depends on the operation done, the general status of the patient. We usually see our discharged patients in 7-10 days and advise. We tend to see folks again at 6weeks and get them into rehab, driving etc. Read more...

What is involved for a person having a heart bypass operation?

Pretty involved. Hello wavyavy -- heart bypass is an open heart surgery -- so you will be pretty involved with the whole process -- most likely you will need to stay in the hospital for about a week and a recovery time up to 3 months -- this is not an optional type of procedure -- but it is done to hopefully prolong your life -. Read more...
Big procedure. The classic operation is started with a breast bone incision and placing the patient on the heart lung machine so the heart can be stopped safely. New vessels (pipe) are sewn in to go around the blockages. This "pipe" can be vein from leg or arteries from arm or chest wall. After bypasses done the sternum is closed with wires. Hospital time can be from 3-10 days and total recovery 3 mo. Read more...

For a heart bypass operation, how long is an average hospital stay?

4 to 5 days. Most patients after an uncomplicated heart bypass surgery can be discharged within 5 days from the procedure.Depending on the patient's co-morbidities and other factors, including social factors, the length of stay may vary. Complications can certainly increase length of stay significantly. Read more...

Can there be any difference between a triple and a quadruple bypass heart operation?

CAB. The only difference is in how many bypasses are performed. Triple would be three vessels bypassed, quadruple would be four; the operation is the same technique. Read more...
Yes. One additional graft hookup to another coronary. Ten- fifteen minute longer operation. The rest of the operation is about the same risks and benefits! Read more...

I had a triple bypass heart operation three years ago and have been on medication since then. Of late I am not able to perform during sex. I am 60 yrs?

Cabg. When was your last cardiac evaluation? Even if asymptomatic - you have documented heart disease and should have an imaging stress test every 2 years. Earlier if you develop symptoms such as CP, Shortness of breath, fatigue, decreased exercise tolerance, diaphoresis, etc. See your cardiologist. Read more...