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
"Dr. Amini is a fantastic surgeon. He is caring, compassionate, and very knowledgeable. He actually listens to his patients’ concerns, problems, and quality of life. Dr. Amini accessed my sister by talking to her, listening to her and doing his own hands on exam, not just basing his opinion on what was on paper. He then discussed the procedure and all possible outcomes with my sister. With this approach, he was able to help her. I would recommend him to ANY of my family and friends."- N. / Healthgrades / Feb 13, 2018
"Dr, Albert Amini saved my husband's life! Rick was diagnosed with pancreatitis because of a blockage that was finally found just above the ducts that empty into the small intestine. He was in and out of the hospital, and was seriously ill - twice at the point of not being sure he would live! All I had to do was call Dr. Amini's office sometimes within just 10 minutes, he would personally return the call, and we'd 9 times out f 10, be on our way back to another hospitalization...Dr. Amini is highly knowledgeable, and highly skilled. His patience and caring is over and above any other physician I've ever known! God lead us to this doctor, and he deserves all the kudos that can be given! Thank you so much for your helping to bring Rick back to health and living!"- S.D. / Facebook / Feb 06, 2018
"Dr. Vazquez and her staff are so personable that I felt at ease, despite the obvious apprehension that comes with being in a surgeon’s office. Dr. Vazquez took her time in speaking with me, carefully reviewing ultrasounds, radiology notes, etc. She clearly laid out treatment options. I found Dr. Vazquez to be professional, very knowledgeable, thoughtful, caring, interested and patient. She even has a nice sense of humor to help ease some anxiety. I have already recommended her to a friend!"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Feb 04, 2018
"The confidence that Dr. Amini exudes is not just seen outwardly but felt inwardly. Explanations before and follow - up after surgery I rate as excellent because of how in common language Dr. Amini explained the procedure and intended results.I highly recommend he and his staff of caring and professionals."- G.S. / Healthgrades / Jan 23, 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.