Coronary artery bypass

Coronary artery bypass

Coronary artery bypass is a surgical procedure also known as “coronary artery bypass graft”. “CABG” is colloquially speaking a heart bypass or bypass surgery. The name “coronary” means related to the heart, “artery” is the vessel carrying oxygenated blood and “bypass” suggests taking an alternative route to overcome the block which is present.


What is CABG?

CABG is a surgical procedure in which one or more blocked coronary arteries are bypassed by a putting in place an unclogged, clear blood vessel from another part of the body, i.e. grafted in place of the blocked vessel, to restore normal blood flow to the affected region of the heart. Expertly skilled cardiac surgeons in Germany at Euromedic Healthcare perform this procedure and create a new route for oxygen and nutrients to reach the heart. It relieves anginal pain, left ventricular dysfunction, reduces risk of death and lowers the risk of further heart attacks.

Why is a bypass surgery done?

This surgery comes under the large heading of “open heart surgery” in which the chest is cut open and surgery is performed on muscles, valves, arteries of the heart. It is performed when coronary arteries are blocked due to plaques of cholesterol and hardened due to atherosclerosis. When medical treatment, exercise and diet changes do not help, then angioplasty or a bypass surgery come into the picture. Highly trained and experienced surgeons at Euromedic Healthcare decide the need for surgery depending on the location of the blockage, amount of blockage and the size of the coronary artery.

CABG types:

CABG surgery can be performed using the assistance of the heart lung machine also called “on-pump surgery.” This is the more traditional open heart surgery and has increased risk of emboli, brain damage, stroke, blood transfusions and infections. With further advances CABG surgery can be performed on a beating heart called “off-pump surgery”, which is associated with reduced risk of stroke, memory problem, faster recovery, shorter hospital stay, fewer blood transfusions and fewer immune inflammatory response issues.

Using the most advance surgical techniques and equipments, highly trained cardiac surgeons from Germany can perform minimal invasive cardiac surgery or the McGinn technique which is a beating heart surgery procedure performed through several small incisions. The benefits of these minimal invasive surgeries include smaller scar, shorter hospital stay, lesser blood loss, faster healing, improved pulmonary function and finally improved quality of life.

Patients from the U.S, U.K, and eastern European countries travel to Germany as it has lodged itself in a commanding position in the healthcare industry. It stands 4th on the European healthcare scoreboard and Eurmedic Healthcare offers a pocket friendly alternative to medical tourists from countries where health care is expensive.