Angioplasty or bypass surgery?
Your doctor will be able to tell which procedure is best suited for you after your medical examination.
The choice between these two procedures depends on the following factors:
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.
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