After a thorough examination at Marina del Rey Hospital it may become clear that a Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery is required to improve your condition. Even though this may seem as a complicated procedure, our professionally trained medical staff is equipped with top of the line instruments to minimalize recovery time and risks and to ensure that in a few months after the surgery you will feel as good as new.
If a person has plaque clogging his arteries, also known as coronary heart disease, he needs to make some changes to his lifestyle. These may include, but are not limited to, more exercise, having a better diet, refraining from smoking and leading a less stressful life. Unfortunately, some people don’t follow this advice, their condition worsens and their blood flow is either extremely restricted or, worse, their artery ruptures after a complete block.
If this happens, the patient may need coronary artery bypass grafting surgery, or CABG for short. In this procedure, the surgeon connects a healthier vein or artery to the clogged blocked one to create a new path for the blood flow to get to the heart.
The doctor first must do some blood and heart tests to see if the operation is safe to perform on the patient. The surgeon carefully makes an incision down the middle of the chest and cuts through the chest bone to reveal the heart. After this, the heart is stopped so the doctor can connect the veins or arteries without the risk of accidentally cutting somewhere else. All this time, a pump is connected to the organs to temporarily replace the heart and ensure continuous blood flow. After the grafting is complete, the heart is restarted, the pump is removed and his chest bones and skin are closed by stitching them.
This procedure can help the patient in these ways:
As this is an open heart surgery, the recovery period will be a fairly long one. After the procedure is done, the patient will spend 1-2 days in the intensive care unit and another 4-5 days in another area of the hospital to be supervised. At home, the patient has to follow the doctor’s instructions about recovery very carefully. He needs to take the prescribed medications, come to regular check-ups and care for his incisions. The full recovery period after this surgery is between 6-12 weeks.
Like any other major surgical procedure, CABG has some risks. The incision wounds can get infected or heavy bleeding can appear. The patient may also experience chest pain and high fever. This is not a cure for coronary heart disease, so if the patient doesn’t change his lifestyle, his problems will return, rendering this procedure useless.
CABG is usually performed on patients with extreme coronary heart disease, when medication or other surgical procedures prove to be ineffective. If you experience heart disease, our cardiologists are ready to see and treat you. Call us today at 888.600.5600 and let us help you!