Coronary artery bypass graft ( CABG ) is a surgical procedure to restore normal blood flow to an obstructed coronary artery. CABG belongs to very frequent procedures carried out at the Glenfield Hospital. We operate several hundred of CABG cases a year.
CABG is usually performed with the heart stopped, using cardiopulmonary circuit / machine to maintain blood circulation in the rest of the patient's body.
Normal coronary artery enables blood to reach the heart muscle itself. If blocked or significantly narrow, this condition may cause chest pain - angina, which would be the leading symptom. Partially limited blood flow through one or more coronary arteries or complete occlusion may damage the muscle of the heart.
The bypass graft enables the blood to reach beyond the narrow artery causing the obstruction of the flow.
The procedure can take up to 3 - 4 hours under general anesthesia and typically seven - ten days of