Frequently Asked Questions


Open heart surgery is any type of surgery where the chest is cut open and surgery is performed on the muscles, valves, or arteries of the heart. According to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is the most common type of heart surgery done on adults.

During the procedure, the arteries are sewn to the coronary artery below the site of blockage. This artery is located in the chest and can be accessed through the primary incision for the bypass surgery. Saphenous veins.

When one or more of the coronary arteries becomes partly or totally blocked, your heart does not get enough blood. This is called ischemic heart disease, or coronary artery disease (CAD). It can cause chest pain (angina). Coronary artery bypass surgery can be used to improve blood flow to your heart.

Bypass Surgery is a surgically constructed new route around an area of blockage or narrowing and can be performed on any artery in the body, but most often is performed on the coronary arteries in the heart, the femoral arteries in the groin, or the popliteal arteries behind the knee.