Frequently Asked Questions
Coronary Artery Bypass surgery provides the best symptom relief to patients who have triple vessel disease or significant blockages. It also increases a patient’s survival. It is the treatment of choice for the patients who have significant left main coronary artery disease (LMCAD), Proximal or Ostial LAD Disease, weak heart due to coronary artery disease or who have diabetes mellitus.
Yes, Coronary Artery bypass (CABG) surgery is an ideal solution for patients having left main coronary artery disease (LMCAD), left ventricular dysfunction and patients with diabetes.
Bypass Surgery definitely improves the quality of life by increasing best symptom relief and it enhances patient survival.
Nowadays, with the advances in surgical techniques, ICU Monitoring and better medications, open heart surgery is not painful at all. Most of the patients feel freedom from pain and are enabled to do chest physiotherapy, which enhances their recovery.
Open Heart Surgery provides symptom control to the patients and they are able to live a productive and useful life. The quality of life improves and in many cases their survival rate is also increasing.
With advances in surgical techniques, intensive care and proper medications, risk of bypass surgery in many cases is less than 1%. The most important thing to understand is that the risk of keeping the disease in critical blockages is very high and having bypass surgery increases the survival rates for patients. Also, bypass surgery reduces the sudden cardiac death.
Yes, two or multiple arterial graft is possible and recommended because arterial grafts have better longevity. So arterial grafts are done using either both mammary arteries from the chest or from radial artery from hand.
Nowadays, with advances in surgical techniques and advanced patient care, most of the patients stay for a short duration of time in hospitals (approximately 4 to 5 days) and are able to resume their normal lives. Most of the patients are able to resume their jobs from 2nd or 3rd week, depending on the effort of individuals. Although internal healing continues till 3rd to 6th months.
LAD- left anterior descending artery, is known as artery of sudden death. This artery is most important as it supply blood to myocardial.
Open-Heart surgery is used for operations that need an artificial heart lung machine. An artificial Heart Lung Machine temporarily takes over the function of the heart and lungs during surgery. Most of the valve repairs and replacement operations on the holes of the heart were done by this way.
Nowadays Bypass (CABG) surgery is done by beating heart, artificial heart lung machine is not required. Special stabilizers are used to assist the operation. Therefore, bypass surgery is not open-heart surgery.