A CABG Surgery (coronary artery bypass grafting) is a procedure aimed at restoring blood flow in the cardiac arteries by means of bypassing an obstructed section. It is used to treat IHD (ischemic heart disease), caused by insufficient oxygen supply to the heart due to narrowing of the lumen of an artery. Common IHD symptoms include pain behind the sternum or in the left side of the chest and angina. When said symptoms have been noted, a diagnostic procedure called a coronarography is indicated. Please note that in milder cases it is possible to dilate the narrowed blood vessels by means of balloon angioplasty and stenting and thus avoid a surgery.
When conservative IHD treatment and therapeutic coronarography (coronary artery stenting) do not lead to an improvement, a coronary artery bypass graft surgery becomes the main treatment option. As the condition is potentially life threatening, you should seek treatment as soon as possible. A thorough workup to assess the condition of the coronary arteries as well as heart chambers and valves will take place prior to the intervention.
These investigations will take 3 business days to complete. Work-up will take place at Assuta Medical Center’s cardiology unit, which is the most advanced in Israel.
Grafts used are usually made from veins in your legs and arteries in your chest. In certain cases, however, your radial artery may be used.