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.
"Dr. Albert Amini is a total rockstar. He's the most impressive surgeon I've ever interacted with, hands down. Not only does he have a tremendous surgical record, he listens attentively and has the rare gift of being able to condense complex information into explanations that even we laypeople can digest.He was carefully deliberate and considerate even for my simple, routine surgery (appendectomy), so I cannot recommend him highly enough, if you or a loved one is ever in a complicated scenario requiring a thoughtful doctor who will be attentive and willing to take time to really *hear* you and establish a plan of action WITH you. The peace of mind he will give you will be well worth the trip to Arizona!"- T.B. / Yelp / Jan 05, 2018
"Dr. Amini is GREAT. I was in California last year on vacation and my Gallbladder blew. I had to get off Catalina Island and was sent to UCI Irvine where they did surgery New Years Eve. The surgeon told me after that she could not do it laparoscopically because of adhesions and so it was an open surgery. Even then she said she could only take part of the gallbladder as it was too infected to do much else. I had to have an ERCP the next day due to a bile leak they had to put a stent in. I kept having troubles after I was released and sent back home. My husband found Dr Amini because of his specialty. I was told in California they took most of the gallbladder but every CT scan that was done here showed a full gallbladder. I don't think they did anything but drain it. Dr. Amini took my case was very patient with me and when he did the surgery, he did it laparoscopically with 3 small incisions. He took down all the adhesions from my previous messed up surgery with Mayo and now UCI. Then he removed the gallbladder totally. He said i was 90% in tact. I am so happy surgery was a complete success and I am 2 weeks post op and I feel great have been walking 5 miles a day and ready to start playing tennis. You would be lucky to have a surgeon like Dr. Amini. He knows his stuff!!"- S.M. / Yelp / Dec 14, 2017
"This review is for Dr. Bianca Vazquez. I would give a million stars if that were an option! She is the endocrinology specialist and I just had my follow-up with her after she removed my thryroid 16 days ago. First of all, she is an incredibly talented and skilled surgeon. My steri-strips were removed today and my scarring is so minimal it's almost shocking that the procedure was done 16 days ago! My favorite thing about her is her bedside manner. She was so good about taking plenty of time to explain EVERYTHING including different options for treatment, post care, follow up and even diet advice! She's the epitome of the "new school" of doctors which emphasizes the importance of patients' input and participation in their own care. It's like you make the decisions together. The Scottsdale office is beautiful and Dr. Vazquez and the staff provide a warm and welcoming environment. I just love how personable she is and I feel like I not only found an incredibly knowledgeable and skilled surgeon but that I have made a new friend. Look no further if you need endocrinology surgery! She's the BEST!!!"- Z.K. / Yelp / Dec 07, 2017
"I was referred to Dr Vazquez by my Endocrinologist because of the fast growing nodules on my thyroid. Knowing she worked at Mayo Clinic, I had a really good feeling going in. We first met her at the consultation & were immediately impressed with the thorough information she gave us. She made sure we did not have any further questions regarding surgery before letting us go. It was really nice to have an option as to where the surgery would take place. She came to see me in pre-op right before surgery to let my family know how long to expect the surgery to be & ensure we had no further questions. My scar from surgery is barely visible. So much so, that when I went for post-surgery, her nurse had to do a double take. Not only a terrific surgeon, this lady has drive & thrives to be above & beyond any expectations of her patients. We definitely need more doctors like Dr Vazquez!!! Terrific lady!!!"- N.W. / Google / Dec 04, 2017
"I met Dr. Amini when I was told I had to have my appendix removed that same night in the ER when I went in for abdominal pain. His bed side manner, patience and explaining the whole surgery and answering all questions my mom and I had was beyond excellent. My surgery went very well with no complications. He is extremely thorough. After seeing him in his office after surgery my opinion of him still stands. He's an amazing surgeon, very kind, assuring, compassionate and his patient care is outstanding. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need! Thank you Dr. Amini for taking such great care of me!"- A.M. / Google / Nov 20, 2017
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.