Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

Open heart surgery treating widespread or complex coronary artery disease.

Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery (CABG) is an operation that uses an artery or vein from elsewhere in the body to bypass a blocked coronary artery thereby restoring blood flow to the affected area of the heart.

CABG is one but not the only treatment for CHD. Other treatments include coronary angioplasty and medical therapy with a number of drugs. CABG is usually reserved for patients with severe ischemic heart disease or when coronary angioplasty is not possible.

More patient information about the procedure and aftercare can be found on the British Heart Foundation website.