Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)
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Our heart specialists perform advanced coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG, pronounced “cabbage”) procedures. The goal of a CABG procedure is to provide a new pathway for your blood to reach your heart when your coronary arteries are blocked.
CABG Procedures at the University of Maryland Heart and Vascular Center
We offer many types of CABG procedures, from traditional to minimally invasive to hybrid. Our extensive experience and expertise with these procedures means we can confidently choose the approach that will offer you the best outcome.
We are committed to using the least invasive procedure possible. Sometimes, we may decide that a traditional open surgery will lead to better results for you. You and your doctor will discuss the treatment options together. No matter which approach we choose, we will discuss the procedure with you in detail and answer any questions you may have.
CABG Procedure: What to Expect
During the procedure, we take a blood vessel from another area of the body and redirect it around the narrowed area so that it bypasses the blockage. This restores normal blood flow to the heart. We can take the substitute blood vessel (the graft) from your chest, legs or arms.
While each individual surgery is different, here is a general idea of what you can expect during a traditional CABG surgery. We will:
- Make an incision in your breastbone to access your heart.
- Put you a heart-lung bypass machine, which takes over the function of your heart and lungs during the surgery.
- Redirect the vessel to restore blood flow to your heart.
- Close the breastbone and chest.
Types of CABG Procedures
Our team has helped develop some minimally invasive surgical techniques for CABG procedures. The advantage of these techniques is a shorter recover and a faster return to normal activities. Learn more about these minimally invasive procedures: