Coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) is a procedure used to treat coronary artery disease, which is when arteries get narrowed due to plaque buildup. When the arteries become narrowed, less oxygen-rich blood is delivered to the heart muscle.
One way to treat the blocked or narrowed arteries is to bypass the blocked portion of the coronary artery with another piece of blood vessel. Blood vessels, or grafts, used for the bypass procedure may be pieces of a vein taken from the legs or an artery in the chest. One end of the graft is attached above the blockage and the other end is attached below the blockage. The blood is rerouted around, or bypasses, the blockage through the new graft, and can then reach the heart muscle.
Bypass surgery can be a risky operation, and not everyone is a good candidate. At Spectrum Health, we not only routinely perform bypass surgeries, but we also have the experience and skill to accept even the highest-risk patients. Our advanced mechanical assist technology and highly-skilled teams are giving patients new hope, even when they’ve been turned away by others.
For more information, contact a cardiothoracic surgeon for an evaluation or second opinion and ask if bypass surgery is right for you.