Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting - CABG
When coronary arteries become clogged, surgery may be needed to restore oxygen and blood flow to the heart. Coronary artery bypass grafting, or CABG, uses a healthy artery or vein to create a passageway around blocked vessels.
Heart surgery experts at the Heart & Vascular Institute at Abington Health are highly skilled in coronary artery bypass surgery techniques.
During the operation, our cardiac surgeons craft a bypass from a chest wall artery, leg vein, forearm artery or abdominal artery. Once the bypass is in place, blood flows around the blocked artery or arteries and the heart benefits from increased oxygen.
Coronary artery bypass surgery is an open procedure. It may be performed with the assistance of a heart-lung machine or off-pump, with the patient’s heart beating on its own.
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