During coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), a surgeon uses a vein or blood vessel from your leg, arm, or under your chest wall to reroute blood flow around a blocked artery.
On-Pump Heart CABG
The standard approach to heart bypass involves a chest incision and the use of a heart-lung bypass machine, or pump, which maintains blood flow through your body. Our specialists constantly manage the life-support devices during surgery to ensure optimal safety.
When appropriate, heart bypass surgery may be performed without a heart-lung bypass machine. Your surgeon may choose this technique if you are at high risk or if you have other health conditions.
Minimally Invasive CABG
Depending on your condition and anatomy, your surgeon may access your heart through small incisions, rather than the large chest incision typically associated with heart surgery. The small incisions are made between the ribs, and special surgical instruments are used to complete the bypass. Surgeons may also use robotic tools, which make it easier for the surgeon to see and access your heart and blood vessels. Minimally invasive procedures may be performed on-pump or off-pump. They are typically associated with less scarring, less blood loss, and a faster recovery.
Surgeons may work with cardiologists in our hybrid operating room to perform heart bypass surgery and another type of procedure, such as angioplasty (also called percutaneous coronary intervention) to open blocked arteries. This approach combines the treatment benefits of both types of procedures and shortens your procedure time as well as the length of your hospital stay.