Coronary bypass surgery is typically performed to treat coronary artery disease, a blockage or narrowing of one or more of the coronary arteries, in order to restore the blood supply to the heart. Coronary artery bypass grafts (CABG) deliver a new source of blood to regions of the heart served by blocked arteries. Surgeons use segments of your own veins or arteries to go around (or bypass) these blockages.
The traditional “on-pump” procedure requires the surgeon to stop the heart and place the patient on bypass. However, Summa Health cardiothoracic surgeons use a new less invasive technique known as the “off-pump” method. Rather, the surgeon operates directly on the beating heart, reducing the risks often associated with the on-pump procedure. Selection of an on- versus off-pump procedure is dependent on the patient’s current health and medical history.
Bypass surgery requires a consultation with a Summa Health cardiologist. To schedule an appointment, call the Summa Health Heart and Vascular Institute today.