Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)
When the coronary arteries become partially or completely clogged, open surgery may be needed to bypass the blockages and restore oxygen and blood flow to the heart. Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) uses a healthy artery or vein to create a passageway around blocked vessels.
Pilla Heart Center surgeons are highly skilled in coronary artery bypass surgery techniques. During the operation, they craft a bypass from a chest wall artery, leg vein, forearm artery or abdominal artery to allow blood flow around a blocked artery or arteries. The heart immediately begins benefiting from the increased oxygen it receives when blood flow is restored.
Coronary artery bypass surgery may be performed with the assistance of a heart-lung machine or off-pump, with the patient’s heart beating on its own.
Read about an emergency heart attack patient who underwent CABG to treat three clogged arteries.
For expertise on coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), contact the specialists at Abington’s Pilla Heart Center and Cardiothoracic Surgery.