Comprehensive Coronary Artery Surgery

Coronary artery bypass grafting is a procedure to treat blockages of fatty plaques that have developed in the coronary arteries secondary to multiple contributing factors resulting from:

  • an inherited (genetic) tendency in your family
  • cigarette smoking
  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • obesity
  • high levels of blood fat (e.g. cholesterol)
  • sedentary lifestyle (too little physical exercise)

Because of the blockages in the coronary arteries, the heart muscle is deprived of its blood supply and, therefore, the oxygen that the blood delivers to the muscle. The aim of coronary artery bypass grafting is to build new blood vessels, “bypassing” the obstructive portions and allowing normal blood flow into the heart muscle. The result prevents myocardial infarctions and eliminates angina pectoris.

For more information on coronary artery surgery, call Sacramento Cardiovascular Surgeons today to schedule a consultation at 916-452-8291 or toll free at 877-452-8291.

What You Need To Know About Coronary Artery Surgery

The operation takes approximately 3 to 4 hours, during which, you are placed on a heart-lung machine. Mammary arteries (small arteries that are normally found inside the chest wall), saphenous veins (from the legs), and radial arteries (from the arm) are then removed and sewn into place around the surface of your heart. This is usually done through an incision in the middle of the chest, although in certain circumstances a small keyhole incision may be made in the left chest. After the bypass grafts are sewn into place, you are removed from the heart-lung machine and the incisions are closed. You will spend the evening in the Intensive Care Unit before being transferred to a regular hospital bed. The length of your hospital stay is approximately 4 to 5 days.

You can expect a return to normal activities in approximately 1 to 2 months, although many patients return to work sooner.

If you also suffer from a cardiac arrhythmia such as atrial fibrillation, Sacramento Cardiovascular Surgeons can concomitantly treat your irregular heartbeat in just minutes during your coronary artery surgery with a standard Open Maze Procedure utilizing radiofrequency (RF) energy.

Regardless of where you live, a full life begins with a healthy heart. If you or a loved one have questions about cardiac, thoracic or vascular surgery or require more information about coronary artery surgery, or the Surgical Treatments of Cardiac Arrhythmias like atrial fibrillation, California’s heart surgery experts can help. Contact Sacramento Cardiovascular Surgeons today by calling 916-452-8291 or toll free at 877-452-8291. Or, schedule a consultation at their office in Sacramento. You depend on your heart; it depends on you. Take control and make the call. Today.