What is a bypass operation?
Bypass surgery occurs when coronary arteries are blocked or damaged. This happens when coronary arteries lose their ability to supply the required oxygen for the heart due to their blockage with blood clots, cholesterol and so on. This can lead to heart failure. The aorta distributes oxygenated blood to all parts of the body through the systemic circulation.
During the bypass surgery, the surgeon removes a blood vessel (graft) from another part of the body, such as the chest, leg or arm and attaches one of the ends of the graft to the aorta and the other end to the artery where there is a blockage. Bypass surgery creates a new route for oxygenating the blood for the heart. If there are several blockages, the surgeon can perform one or several bypass procedures during the same intervention.
When is bypass surgery recommended?
Bypass operation is recommended when:
- You have chest pains even on light or resting exercises;
- You have more than one blocked coronary artery and the left ventricle does not work well;
- The blood flow in the main coronary artery is low or blocked;
- Angioplasty or stent are not viable treatment options for blocked artery;
Together with your doctor, you will consider whether bypass surgery or other surgical procedure, such as angioplasty or stent, is right for you.
Coronary bypass can also be performed in emergency situations, such as a heart attack, if the body does not respond to other treatments.
What are the risks of bypass surgery?
Since coronary artery bypass surgery is an open heart surgery, you may have complications during or after the procedure.
The possible risks of bypass surgery are:
- Chest injury infections;
- Memory loss or thought problems for a period of several months;
- Heart failure.
The risk of developing complications is low, but it depends on the state of health and lifestyle before and after surgery. After the bypass surgery, you spend a few days in the intensive care unit, during which time the heart, blood pressure, breathing and other vital signs will be monitored at all times. After discharge, you may experience difficulties in completing your daily tasks and your home recovery period will be approximately 2-3 months after your bypass surgery.
In most cases, you can go back to your daily activities, but make sure you have your doctor’s approval before doing physical effort.
Why choose to have your bypass surgery in Austria?
Austria is well known for having the best specialists and scientists working to find the best treatment for cardiovascular diseases.
If your doctor has recommended to you a bypass surgery, choose Austria and the AT-MED team will help find the most suitable doctor and clinic for your particular case. In Austria, you have access to the world’s best health system where doctors are recognized for successful complex surgery. In addition, innovative technologies created by medical scientists are being successfully applied in medical practices, private hospitals and clinics in Austria, and are considered to be among the most effective in the world.
Doctors treating you in Austria through AT-MED
Prof. Univ. Dr. Christian Singer, obstetrician-gynecologist
Prof. Univ. Dr. Johannes Drach, internist, specialist in haemato-oncology
Prof. Univ. Dr. Schillinger Martin, cardiologist, angiologist
Prof. Univ. Dr. Ulrich Steinhart, obstetrician-gynecologist
Dr. Rainer Kotz, Orthopedics and endoprotection
When you contact AT-MED please keep in mind the following:
- Every medical consultation costs 150 – 300 EUR depending on the doctor’s specialization and the complexity of your medical case.
- Imagery interpretation costs 150 EUR.
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