Angioplasty or bypass surgery?

Your doctor will be able to tell which procedure is best suited for you after your medical examination.

There is no straightforward answer because it all depends on your condition and your doctor will be able to decide whether angioplasty or bypass surgery is better.

The choice between these two procedures depends on the following factors:

  • The number of arteries blocked
  • The position of the blockages
  • Your general health condition
  • Your preferences

Apart from these factors, it depends on what according to you defines the “best” method, whether it is the durability, fewest complications, shortest recovery period, or longest survival. Angioplasty with stent placement involves only a tiny cut in the groin under sedation. As a result, it requires only an overnight stay at the hospital and you can expect a relatively quick recovery. But then, bypass surgery is better when durability and freedom from chest pain are considered and lesser patients would need a repeat procedure after undergoing bypass surgery.

However, bypass surgery is an open surgical procedure performed under general anesthesia and requires several days of hospital stay and a recovery period of several weeks.

Generally, angioplasty is preferred in patients with low risk of narrowing of one to two arteries, whereas heart bypass is recommended only for patients with a higher risk of narrowing of two or more arteries.

Disclaimer: We do not assume responsibility for the use of the provided information or its interpretation. Our efforts are towards providing current and reliable information; however these should not be considered, or used as a substitute for diagnosis or treatment.


Alexander Marmureanu, M.D.

Alexander Marmureanu , M.D.

See Profile »
Willis H. Wagner, M.D.

Willis H. Wagner , M.D.

See Profile »
Philippe Lemoine, M.D.

Philippe Lemoine , M.D.

See Profile »
Farshad Malekmehr, M.D.

Farshad Malekmehr , M.D.

See Profile »
Keith Yabumoto, M.D.

Keith Yabumoto , M.D.

See Profile »
Thomas Togioka, M.D.

Thomas Togioka , M.D.

See Profile »
Duane Bridges, M.D.

Duane Bridges , M.D.

See Profile »
Shephal Doshi, M.D.

Shephal Doshi , M.D.

See Profile »
Ibrahim Helmy, M.D.

Ibrahim Helmy , M.D.

See Profile »
Farshad Nosratian, M.D.

Farshad Nosratian , M.D.

See Profile »
Basil Younes, D.O.

Basil Younes , D.O.

See Profile »
Howard Staniloff, M.D.

Howard Staniloff , M.D.

See Profile »
Shazia Hasan, M.D.

Shazia Hasan , M.D.

See Profile »