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If you have been diagnosed with severe coronary artery disease, you may need heart bypass surgery — also called coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery — to restore proper blood flow to your heart. During this type of procedure, a new pathway is created to bypass a blocked portion of your coronary artery.
Heart bypass surgery may be necessary if:
Find a Doctor at Dignity Health Central California to create a personalized plan to prevent coronary artery disease and protect your heart health. Our experts can help determine if a heart bypass surgery in Central California is right for you.
The most common types of bypass surgery include:
The type of heart bypass surgery your Dignity Health Central California doctor recommends depends on the severity of your condition and your overall health.
Considered a major procedure, heart bypass operations require several days of post-surgical observation and recovery in the hospital. These procedures have the following associated risks:
Typically, minimally invasive procedures have fewer complications and shorter recovery periods compared with open heart surgery.
After surgery, you will spend at least 24 hours in a specialized intensive care unit. You may still be connected to a ventilator to help you breathe. When you are able to breathe on your own, you will be moved to a cardiac care unit.
Most people spend five to seven days in the hospital after surgery. When you are ready to return home, your care team will provide you with detailed instructions for post-surgical diet, exercise, and activity levels.
Do you know if you are at risk for developing heart disease? Take our free heart risk assessment and discuss your results with one of our experts.
Dignity Health Central California delivers advanced cardiovascular treatments in Bakersfield, Merced, San Andreas, and Stockton, CA.