When non-interventional methods of clearing blocked arteries have failed, or there are several severe blockages, a physician may decide bypass surgery is the best treatment option.
Coronary artery bypass surgery takes a healthy blood vessel from another location in the body (usually the leg) and grafts it to the blocked coronary artery to create a detour for blood to flow around the blockage. It is not unusual for physicians to perform more than one bypass at a time to correct numerous blockages. During surgery, the heart is stopped and connected to a heart-lung machine, which works in place of the heart and lungs to circulate blood throughout the body, allowing the surgeon to perform the bypass.
Innovations in recent years including endoscopic vein harvesting, beating heart surgery and the sutureless aortic connector have revolutionized the way the traditional artery bypass surgery is performed. These new innovations allow surgeons to perform bypasses less invasively, thus reducing complications and improving recovery time for some patients.
These innovations are helping hundreds of the patients of Norton Heart Care to bounce-back from bypass surgery and return to their active lifestyles.
Norton Heart Care is a leading provider of heart care for people throughout Louisville and Southern Indiana. Focused on outcomes and quality, our highly skilled cardiologists and surgeons work side by side with experienced nurses to care for both adults and children. Heart disease comes in many forms, and Norton Heart Care offers a wide range of innovative treatment techniques in multiple locations - providing advanced, high-quality care close to home.
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