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Coronary Artery Bypass Graft

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Coronary artery bypass graft (shortly: CABG) is a heart surgery, conducted to bypass clogged or partially clogged coronary arteries in patient’s heart. The role of the left coronary artery and the right coronary artery is to provide the heart with oxygen. However, with age or as a result of unhealthy lifestyle, these important arteries may be increasingly blocked by plaque. Plaque may affect the heart in two ways – it may block the light of the blood vessel or, if ruptured, cause a blood clot, leading to serious cardiovascular diseases. For this reason, cardiologists decide for coronary artery bypass graft, preventing the development of life-threatening heart conditions.

Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Candidates

Potential coronary artery bypass surgery candidates are the people with cardiovascular disease, suffering from heart angina. The key factor is coronary artery obstruction. If it is higher than 50%, the patient may be a candidate for coronary artery bypass graft. Still, it is up to cardiologist’s decision, since it is an invasive, open heart surgery.

Am I Suitable for Coronary Artery Bypass Graft?

If you suffer from coronary artery diseases and the blockage in your arteries is significant, you may be a candidate for coronary artery bypass surgery. Still, please contact your cardiologist in order to discuss this possibility with them.

Preparing for Coronary Artery Bypass Graft

Coronary artery bypass graft is a serious heart surgery. Therefore, you need to prepare properly for it under the guidance of your cardiologist. Firstly, you will have some tests, including a blood test, done. These will help your heart doctor to prepare properly as well as serve to compare your results before and after coronary artery bypass graft. In the same time, consult with the cardiologist about all the medicines you take and all diseases (especially diabetes) which you suffer from. Some of them, including blood thinning ones, will be probably forbidden for some time before your coronary artery bypass graft. Your stomach needs to be empty throughout heart operation, therefore you will be asked to stop eating and drinking for several hours before it. Finally – make sure that your personal matters are solved and organized – during the recovery period you should rest rather than run errands.

How is Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Performed?

During coronary artery bypass graft, cardiologist takes one blood vessel from a part of patient’s body (usually leg) and attempts to connect it to the coronary artery below and above the blocked or partially blocked part of the vessel. Depending on the size and number of narrow passages/clots, more than one heart bypass may be created, resulting in double bypass surgery, triple bypass surgery or even quadruple bypass surgery.

Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Summary

Anesthesia

General anesthetic

Hospital Stay

1 to 2 weeks

Number of Trips Abroad

1 trip

Duration of Operation

3 to 6 hours

Minimum Stay

4 to 6 weeks

Back to Sports

6-12 weeks

Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Recovery

Coronary artery bypass surgery recovery is a long process. As in the case of any other open heart surgery, recovery period must be longer in order to ensure that your new heart bypasses work properly. Therefore, for the first week after coronary artery bypass graft, you will stay in the hospital under the care of a cardiologist and whole medical team. Then, it is time to go home but again – first weeks of recovery should be rather relaxed, not including any strenuous activities. Going to work and resuming a quite normal life is possible around the 6th week after coronary artery bypass surgery, while the whole heart bypass recovery is estimated to last as long as 12 weeks.

Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Risks and Complications

Coronary artery bypass graft is a complicated heart surgery. As other open heart surgeries, this one carries also many potential risks and complications worth consideration. These include:
• Disturbances in proper blood circulation and pulse, for example, atrial fibrillation
• Fluid or blood in lungs
• Anemia
• Abnormal healing process of sternum
• Infections
• Sepsis
• In extreme cases - death

Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Side Effects

Patient after coronary artery bypass graft may initially experience a lot of pain and difficulties in functioning, especially when it comes to physical activity. However, as the weeks pass, the pain shall fade and the mobility return.

Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Success Rates

Coronary artery bypass graft is generally successful, with only 3-4% of patients dying as a result of it and next few percent experiencing some kind of complications, usually solved by cardiologist assisting them in full recovery. Remembering that this is an open heart surgery, the success rate of coronary artery bypass graft around 90%, which is a big success, then it can be called a relatively safe heart operation.

Before and After Coronary Artery Bypass Graft

Patients who suffered from heart angina before coronary artery bypass graft are usually relieved from this cardiovascular disease after the procedure. Most of the patients may restore a more active life and enjoy the benefits of coronary artery bypass surgery for up to 10-15 years after it.

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Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Cost

Average Coronary Artery Bypass Graft costs are € 9,857, based on Coronary Artery Bypass Graft prices from 19 clinics. Cheapest Coronary Artery Bypass Graft cost is € 7,000 where Coronary Artery Bypass Graft prices can go up to € 11,214.

Coronary Artery Bypass Graft prices vary greatly depending on the clinic and the location. For example, Coronary Artery Bypass Graft in Turkey is a popular option where Coronary Artery Bypass Graft costs as low as € 7,000.

Please note that the Coronary Artery Bypass Graft prices listed on FlyMedi are the average price for Coronary Artery Bypass Graft procedures. Clinics may ask you to provide them with specific information about your medical condition in order to provide you a detailed cost estimate for Coronary Artery Bypass Graft procedures. To receive a personalized Coronary Artery Bypass Graft quote, please click HERE.

Coronary Artery Bypass Graft FAQ

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What is a Coronary Artery Bypass Graft?

Coronary artery bypass graft is an open heart operation, during which cardiologist creates a bypass in left or right coronary artery (or both) using the blood vessel extracted from the leg or the other body part.

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Is Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Safe?

Yes, it is relatively safe, with around 90% of patients not experiencing bigger complications after it. Additionally, in most of the cases coronary artery bypass graft is suggested in life-threatening cardiovascular disease cases, therefore it is worth taking the risk.

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Does Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Have Life-Long Effects?

As vessel graft wears off, its effects pass. Patients usually enjoy the better quality of life for 10-15 years after coronary artery bypass graft.