An open heart procedure, multiple bypass surgery involves the grafting of a piece of healthy artery (taken from the patient’s leg or inside the chest) from the aorta to the area just below a blockage in the arterial branches or coronary arteries. This procedure can bypass up to seven blockages.
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Non-surgical alternatives to multiple bypass surgery include blood pressure medications, blood thinners and hydralazine. Lifestyle changes like weight loss and dietary changes can also be attempted. A surgical alternative to multiple bypass surgery is to perform the procedure with a minimally invasive method.
Anesthesia with Multiple Bypass Surgery:
Multiple bypass surgery is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware for the procedure.
Potential Complications from Multiple Bypass Surgery:
Possible risks following multiple bypass surgery include infection, bleeding, blood clotting, scarring and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. Some patients require a blood transfusion.
Prognosis after Multiple Bypass Surgery:
The prognosis for a positive end result following multiple bypass surgery is very good. The majority of arterial grafts last 10 years or longer.
Recovery from Multiple Bypass Surgery:
The total time for recovery from multiple bypass surgery is six to eight weeks.