Coronary artery bypass surgery may be needed for some people who have had heart attacks. Coronary artery bypass surgery, also known as coronary artery bypass graft (CABG, sometimes pronounced “cabbage”) is a type of surgery that improves blood flow to the heart. It diverts blood around narrowed or clogged parts of the major arteries (blood vessels), to improve blood flow and oxygen supply to the heart.
He felt devastated when he was told that he needed bypass surgery one week after his heart attack.
Her doctors disagreed about whether she should have bypass surgery at her age.
He felt well informed before he signed the consent form for bypass surgery two weeks after his…
He asked the surgeon how many bypass operations he had done before he consented to surgery.
What CABG surgery involves
Sab talks about how he felt and looked like following his CABG surgery.
He was terrified before bypass surgery but other patients on the ward helped to calm his fears.
He felt a bit apprehensive but relatively relaxed before his bypass surgery, one month after his…
His bypass operation was delayed for a week because he was still taking clopidogrel.
Some people mentioned that the first few days after the operation were difficult, but that they soon recovered.
The first three days after bypass surgery were difficult but then he began to feel the benefits.
Describes his recovery from bypass surgery.
Encouragement from family and the thought of his grandchildren helped Sab to cope with the first…
Two days after his bypass surgery he was out of bed and walking a short way around the hospital.
He felt positive after seeing ex-bypass patients exercising in the gym before he left hospital.
Describes his ‘black’ day in hospital after his bypass operation.
Pain relief is given during and after the operation and some said that they had less pain than they had expected. Many had more discomfort in their leg, where the vein had been removed, than they did in their chest.
Most people will need to stay in hospital for at least seven days after a CABG and then continue with their recovery at home which can take from 6 to 12 weeks (see ‘Recovery from coronary artery bypass surgery’) (NHS Choices 2015). A small proportion of people may have more serious side effects from the surgery such as having a stroke or going into heart failure and in extreme cases a few people may die in surgery.