Bypass surgery


  • Bypass surgery is the most common type of heart surgery with more than 500,000 procedures performed each year in the United States.
  • Arteries can become clogged over time by the buildup of fatty plaque. Bypass surgery improves the blood flow to the heart with a new route or "bypass" around a section of clogged or diseased artery.
  • The surgery involves using a section of blood vessel from the leg, chest, or another part of the body to graft onto the affected coronary artery, thus bypassing the clogged or diseased section.
  • During bypass surgery, the breastbone (sternum) is divided, the heart is stopped, and blood is sent through a heart-lung machine. Unlike other forms of heart surgery, the chambers of the heart are not opened during the operation. Some bypass procedures can be done as limited-access surgery, described  as minimally invasive bypass.
bypass surgery

Here you can find a short video on CABG surgery.