Is coronary artery bypass an open heart surgery?
Yes, coronary artery bypass grafting surgery is usually an open-heart surgical procedure in which the chest is cut open and surgery is performed directly on the heart.
During coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), your surgeon will obtain one or more blood vessels from other parts of your body (arteries from the arm or veins from the legs) and attach it to either above or below the narrowed portion of the coronary artery. This bypasses the blocked coronary artery and one or more blood vessels may be obtained depending on how many blockages exist. There are three ways in which CABG may be performed:
Sometimes, CABG may also be done through less invasive methods such as minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass (MIDCAB), in which the chest bone is not cut, instead, a smaller cut is made towards the left side of the chest and robotic-assisted CABG.
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