Heart & Vascular Center

Coronary Artery Bypass

Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery (also referred to as CABG) is a treatment option for coronary artery disease. Based on the size, number, and locations of artery blockages, your doctor may decide that bypass surgery, often referred to as open heart surgery, is the best treatment.

Coronary Artery Bypass

At Yale-New Haven, we offer the most advanced and modern coronary bypass procedures including extensive use of multiple arterial conduits and minimally invasive approaches. Whenever possible, CABG surgery at Yale-New Haven is performed using minimally invasive techniques.

Our staff is experienced with all minimally invasive techniques, including MID-CAB minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass surgery, port-access  or "keyhole" surgery, and robotic surgery. We also offer off-pump, or beating-heart, surgery.

Off-pump bypass surgery offers many benefits, including a reduced need for blood transfusions; less risk of bleeding, stroke, and kidney failure, and reduced chance of nerve damage. Hospital stays are shorter, and patients can make a quicker return to day-to-day activities.

Yale-New Haven was one of a small number of centers worldwide that demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of coronary bypass for patients with impaired hearts; previously, it had been felt that weak hearts could not withstand or benefit the the bypass operation. Now, following that ground-breaking work of the 1980s and 1990s, bypass for impaired hearts is accepted worldwide.

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