Coronary Artery (Heart) Disease
Coronary Artery Disease (often simply referred to as “heart disease”) results from having clogged arteries. Over time, fats, cholesterol and other substances build up in the walls of your arteries to form a type of plaque. When some of the plaque loosens and breaks off, a blood clot forms, and blood flow to your heart is blocked. This usually results in chest discomfort called angina and a heart attack.
Coronary revascularization surgery—or bypass surgery—involves using blood vessels to bypass clogged heart arteries to improve blood flow to the heart. Your doctor will take a blood vessel from your chest, leg or arm. One end of the vessel is attached to a healthy artery, and the other end is attached to the diseased coronary artery below the point where it is clogged. This creates a new channel, allowing blood to flow freely again.
The traditional “open” approach to this surgery requires that the surgeon cut through the breastbone – the body’s natural protective structure for the heart – and pull back the ribs to access the heart. This approach can prolong healing time, increase risk of infection, serious complications and even mortality.
da Vinci™ Coronary Revascularization: A less invasive procedure
If your doctor recommends bypass surgery, you may be a candidate for a new, less invasive surgical procedure utilizing the da Vanci surgical robot. The benefits of this type of surgery include:
- Shorter hospital stay
- Less pain and scarring
- Less risk of infection
- Less blood loss and fewer transfusions
- Faster recovery
- Quicker return to normal activities
As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is patient– and procedure-specific. To learn more about this procedure, talk with your doctor.