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Information for prospective and past patients about Cardiothoracic Surgery
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This section will provide patients with general information about commonly performed procedures. This section does not take place of discussion with members of the medical team, including surgeons, anaesthetists, perfusionists, intensive care specialists and others who may contribute to care. Each patients is different and many factors can determine the success of surgery.
Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery.
Often called CABG (pronounced cabbage) this procedure bypasses blocked arteries in the heart with other tubes (known as conduits) taken from behind the breastbone, the arms or legs.
A detailed description is available from here, which is from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons’ website. Some of the detail does refer to practices in the USA and may not be entirely applicable to local conditions. This does not take the place of discussion with the treating medical team.
Details of other procedures, including mitral valve repair, considered in many instances preferable to valve replacement and surgery of the aorta is also available from this site.