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Can you describe a heart bypass operation?
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Dr. Rodney Samaan
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Rodney Samaan
Dr. Rodney Samaan
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Dr. Robert Binford
Surgery - Thoracic
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Robert Binford
Dr. Robert Binford
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