Treating blocked heart arteries through cardiac bypass surgery has been one of the most effective surgical procedures used by the cardiac surgeons. However, new procedures like beating heart bypass surgery are also becoming a popular heart condition treatment option.
During beating heart bypass surgery, your heart continuous to beat and you will not be on a heart-lung machine. Only the part of your heart that needed to be bypassed, will be held still by a tissue stabilizer. Also known as off-pump coronary artery bypass.
This procedure was introduced in order to reduce the surgical complications and certain side effects of traditional cardiac bypass surgery such as stroke, temporary memory loss & bleeding in some cases. Moreover, research shows, beating heart bypass surgery also reduces recovery time and the need for blood transfusion.
Let us learn what happens before, during and after a beating heart bypass surgery.
Patient must be ensured to be an ideal candidate for a beating heart bypass surgery, so your cardiac surgeon performs various tests such as X-Rays, Electrocardiogram (ECG), blood tests and coronary angiogram.
Before the surgery patient will be given information about the procedure. Our cardiac surgery team, understands the concerns and doubts that can arise in a patient’s mind and hence are ever-ready to guide them through the procedure.
Patient is given a general anaesthesia and a breathing tube at the beginning of the surgery. No heart-lung machine is used like in traditional cardiac bypass surgery. Hence the heart continuous to beat during the procedure. The surgeon makes an incision to access the heart. In case of minimally invasive cardiac surgery, the cardiac surgeon makes a small incision.
The surgeon uses the stabilization device to keep the small section of the heart stable and can be operated. During this stage the surgeon attach the graft. Once the grafting is done, surgeon will sew the incision. The entire procedure may last for about three to six hours depending on the number of arteries that need to be treated.
Post the surgery, the patient will be shifted to ICU for close monitoring. Compared to traditional cardiac bypass surgery, this procedure leads to a shorter hospital stay. Your nurse, doctor and cardiac rehab staff will work with you and your family to answer any questions that you have. They will instruct you on topics such as incision care, diet, medications, activity, and other questions that might arise.
Your healthcare team will determine when you are ready to go home. Once you are discharged, they will give you instructions on what to expect as you continue your recovery at home.
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