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Bypass Surgery

Heart bypass surgery is used to treat heart disease when the coronary arteries are blocked. Bypass surgery is a procedure which restores the flow of blood to your heart muscle by diverting the flow of blood around a blocked artery in the heart. This surgery involves using a healthy blood vessel from your leg, arm, chest or abdomen and connecting it to other arteries in your heart so that blood is bypassed around the diseased or blocked area. The surgeon cuts down the center of the chest, along the breastbone to expose the heart. After this the heart is temporarily stopped and a heart-lung machine takes over the circulation of the blood. The surgeon takes a section of healthy blood vessel, and attaches the ends above and below the blocked artery so that blood flow is diverted around the narrowed portion of the diseased artery. After a bypass surgery the blood flow to your heart is improved.

There are other surgical techniques used if you're having a bypass surgery:

  • Off-pump or beating-heart surgery: Special equipment called the heart-lung bypass machine is used in this procedure which allows the surgery to be done on the still-beating and this equipment also stabilizes the area of the heart the surgeon is working on. This type of surgery is challenging because the heart is still moving.
  • Minimally invasive surgery: In this procedure, a surgeon performs bypass surgery through a small incision in the chest, often with the help of robotics and video imaging, enabling the surgeon operate in a small area. Variations of minimally invasive surgery may be called port-access or keyhole surgery.

Bypass surgery is an option if

  • You have severe chest pain caused by narrowing of several of the arteries that supply blood to your heart muscle.
  • You have more than one diseased coronary artery and the left ventricle isn't functioning well.
  • Your left main coronary artery is severely narrowed or blocked.
  • You have an artery blockage for which angioplasty isn't appropriate.

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