Beating Heart Bypass Surgery
During beating heart bypass surgery, each of your blocked coronary arteries will be carefully inspected. Your surgeon will determine the ideal place to attach the new vessel or vessels. Usually, the vessel is sewn into an area below the blockage and then into a location in the aorta.
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No procedure is ever completely free of risks. However, beating heart bypass surgery has been performed for many years with successful results and few complications.
Some beating heart bypass surgery complications include but are not limited to:
If any of these complications develop, the treatment will depend on where it happens, how serious it is, and other factors, including your overall health. You may need to stay in the hospital longer than planned; for some complications, you might even need to have a blood transfusion or another surgery.
When a coronary artery is blocked, it can keep part of your heart from getting the blood and oxygen it needs to stay healthy. The goal of beating heart bypass surgery is to provide a way for blood to go around the blockage in the artery by adding a new blood vessel to your heart.
With more blood reaching the part of your heart that was blocked off, your heart muscle may stay healthier and may relieve many heart disease symptoms that you are currently experiencing, including chest pain, pressure, or tightness.
Many patients who have beating heart bypass surgery can go home sooner than they would if the heart-lung bypass machine was used. In several cases, this allows them to get back to their normal activities sooner. Also, the risk of certain complications may be decreased with beating heart surgery.