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Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)

Coronary artery bypass surgery is a treatment for patients with coronary artery disease. It restores normal blood flow to the heart by creating a bypass around the blocked arteries. The bypass is done using a healthy blood vessel, or graft, that creates a new pathway for carrying blood to the heart.

How does it work?

During the procedure, a Deborah® surgeon makes an incision down the center of the chest, through the sternum. The patient’s heart will likely be stopped for a short time so the surgeon can perform the bypass procedure on a “still” heart. During this time, the heart-lung bypass machine takes over for the heart and lungs, so blood keeps moving throughout the rest of the body. This is called “on-pump” surgery. The pump is turned off after the grafts are in place. Heart beat and blood flow return to normal.

The surgery can sometimes be done without using the heart-lung machine, while the patient’s heart is still beating. This is called “off-pump” or “beating heart” surgery.

What can I expect after treatment?

It will take about two months to recover from surgery. In the beginning, patients may feel worse than they did before surgery. This is normal and is usually related to the trauma of surgery, not how well the heart is working.

Why Deborah?

3 Star Rating CABG SurgeryDeborah Heart and Lung Center has received a distinguished three-star rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for its patient care and outcomes in coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) is the highest designation awarded by the organization and represents one of the most respected professional benchmarks for quality cardiac surgery in the United States and Canada. Less than 7% of cardiac programs in the country receive this quality distinction.

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