Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

Coronary artery bypass grafting or "CABG" is the most commonly performed "open heart" operation in the United States. The surgery is performed to bypass blockages or obstructions of the coronary arteries. The coronary arteries are the blood vessels that supply the heart with oxygen and nutrients. The heart relies on these fuels as it works constantly to pump blood through the body. The term ischemic heart disease refers to this condition, when the heart does not get these fuels. When the heart is sufficiently ischemic (when the shortage of fuel is critical enough), the muscle begins to die. This is a "heart attack" or myocardial infarction.

At Pauley Heart Center, our surgeons specialize CABG surgical techniques including the use of arterial conduits, minimally invasive vein harvesting, Off-Pump cardiac surgery, complex re-operations, hybrid procedures and transmyocardial laser revascularization (TMR). Many patients referred for coronary bypass surgery have poorly functioning heart muscle. Our heart surgeons are pioneering innovative approaches to the management of these patients, with complex bypass surgery and use of miniaturized heart pumps to allow patients a chance for a successful recovery.