Not all blood vessel blockages can undergo Angioplasty or Stenting.
Some blockages are too severe and/or hardened to be safely open using balloons or stents.
Sometimes there are so many blockages that to treat them with Angioplasty will result in many stents being used.
In these cases, Heart Bypass Surgery is an option. Heart Bypass uses the patient’s own blood vessels from other parts of the body to form a new pathway for blood to flow to the heart muscle. These “transplanted” blood vessels are known as “Grafts”, and hence the surgery is also known as “Coronary Artery Bypass Graft” Surgery, or “CABG”. The blood vessels commonly used are the Internal Mammary Artery and the Saphenous Vein.
Patients need to be in hospital between 7 to 14 days, and it takes 2 to 3 months to recover enough to return to normal life.
**The above information is for general knowledge only and does not constitute medical advice. Please consult a doctor if you have any questions or symptoms.