The coronary artery is the main artery in your chest that delivers blood flow directly to and from the heart. When this blood vessel becomes narrow or blocked due to coronary artery disease or atherosclerosis, the blood flow is obstructed, which increases the risk of a heart attack. Arizona Premier Surgery offers a coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery, sometimes referred to as open heart surgery, to redirect the blood flow and bypass the obstructed area. One of our skilled surgeons will take a vein from the chest, leg, or arm and use it as a graft to establish a new pathway for the blood to flow, bypassing the obstruction and restoring normal blood flow to the heart to reduce the chances of heart disease.
"I was referred to Dr. Albert Amini following a ct scan. He professionally went over the results with me. His caring nature assured me that the results were probably non-evasive. He suggested a follow-up mri in 6 months. During my follow-up appointment, his caring professional demeanor asked me that son was alright. Dr. Amini sat with me, described the images of the mri, and gave me his professional opinion of the results of the scan."- H.F. / Yelp / Jan 19, 2018
"I knew I needed two surgery hernias when I visited by GP. She gave me the name of a surgeon but when I checked him out, I was not satisfied. I then began looking for someone with great reviews that covered many different facets. I found Dr. Amini and am so glad I did. I had only one visit to determine the issues and within days I had surgery scheduled. He is easy to talk to; listens to concerns and the surgery went well. Staff was great also!"- K.L. / Healthgrades / Jun 28, 2018
"Dr. Vazquez was recommended by my primary care physician. She did a fine needle biopsy on my thyroid. The diagnosis was cancer and Dr. Vazquez recommended that my thyroid should be removed. As she immediately inspired confidence, I followed her recommendation. The surgery was uncomfortable, but not painful. Now, over five weeks late, my scar is very small and should not be noticeable in a short time. Dr. Vazquez is professional in every sense of? the word. I recommend her highly."- R.R. / Healthgrades / Jun 20, 2018
"Caring and professional, she does exceptional surgery that’s cosmetically appealing. Fantastic doctor."- L. / Healthgrades / Jun 20, 2018
"This review is for Dr. Bianca Vazquez. She removed my thyroid due to a diagnosis of cancer. I totally agree with? the review by Zorina. Dr. Vazquez completely? defines the word professional? but is also a very pleasant individual. She has a great sense of humor and is very thorough. My scar is barely noticeable and the surgery itself was uncomfortable? but never painful. The day after the surgery my wife (who couldn't pick me up) was surprised to see me walk up the front steps with a smile on my face. No surgery is pleasant, but it was a joy to work with Dr. Vazquez. Highest recommendation!"- R.R. / Yelp / Jun 19, 2018
Common Reasons for Surgery
Coronary Artery Disease/Atherosclerosis
Coronary artery disease, also known as atherosclerosis, refers to the narrowing of the arteries often associated with the buildup of plaque on the inner lining of the coronary artery wall.
Restenosis refers to a reoccurring blockage that has previously been treated with a stent or another less invasive procedure without long-term success. In this case, a coronary artery bypass graft is recommended to offer permanent restoration to the blood flow.
A less common reason for receiving a coronary artery bypass graft, a heart attack can sometimes merit this procedure if the more traditional treatments and procedures are not effective or appropriate for the patient.
About Coronary Artery Bypass
A coronary artery bypass graft procedure is a 2 – 4-hour in-patient surgery that requires a skilled surgeon to make incisions along the chest, open up the sternum, and expose the heart. Once the heart is temporarily stopped, the surgeon will redirect the blood flow in the coronary artery. To bypass the blockage, a vein from the leg, wrist, or chest is used as a graft to divert the blood flow and restore normal circulation. Since the heart is temporarily stopped, the patient will be attached to a bypass machine to ensure regulated blood flow remains throughout the body during the procedure. The surgeon will then close the chest after the blockage is successfully bypassed.
What to Expect
After coronary artery bypass surgery, the patient can expect to be in the intensive care unit (ICU) for 1 – 2 days for regular monitoring to ensure a successful recovery. The patient will then be moved to recover in the hospital for about one week before being cleared for release. Upon being released, at-home recovery will last for about 3 – 4 weeks before the patient can return to normal activities, with a follow up appointment in 4 – 6 weeks.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 3 - 4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 - 4 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 4 - 6 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Trust Our Experienced Surgeons
If you’re experiencing symptoms like shortness of breath, severe chest pain, or other signs of coronary artery disease, the skilled surgeons of Arizona Premier Surgery are trained to provide you with the proper surgical procedure to help get you on the road to recovery and prevent further heart damage or attack.