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Coronary artery bypass surgery is one of the most frequent cardiac surgeries performed today. Known to most people as bypass surgery, in the medical community, it’s also called coronary artery bypass graft or CABG (pronounced “cabbage”).
Bypass surgery is a procedure that involves grafting arteries or veins from elsewhere in the body to the coronary arteries. Its purpose is to bypass or go around arteries that have narrowed or blockages typically caused by atherosclerosis, and to allow the flow of blood to return to a more natural state again. It’s normally performed while the heart is stopped temporarily.
A coronary bypass surgery can be single, double, triple, quadruple, or quintuple, depending on the number of coronary arteries that are bypassed. The number of arteries bypassed doesn’t necessarily reflect a person’s health condition. A person who gets a single or double bypass surgery might be at a higher risk if both arteries are severely blocked than a person that gets a triple bypass if these arteries are mildly blocked.
The number of bypasses is estimated before the surgery. However, the actual number will be decided during the operation, when the doctor is able to examine the heart and determine the best course of action.
What Are the Benefits of Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery?
The main benefits of coronary artery bypass surgery are the relief of angina and the reduction of risk of death from coronary artery disease. As the body accumulates cholesterol and fatty deposits on the wall of arteries, these tend to block and reduce the flow of blood. With time, the heart’s condition may deteriorate and pain and the risk of heart attacks increase.
What Is the Recovery Time of Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery?
The recovery time will depend on several factors, including one’s general state of health, age, and complications during the surgery, etc. A patient will usually have to stay in the hospital for a week after the surgery. It’s common for patients to experience pain, discomfort and even nausea after the surgery. A patient will typically be able to sit in a chair the day after the surgery, walk after three days and walk up and down stairs after being released.
At home, the patient will have to follow the indications of the doctor to speed recovery and avoid complications. It’s normal to feel tired and to have some level of pain for three to six weeks, and patients typically need to take painkillers, antibiotics and other medications. It takes about 3 months for a full recovery under normal circumstances.
Although most cardiac surgery is free of complications, patients should know what symptoms to watch for that might indicate complications. If you detect any of the following during your recovery, you should immediately contact your doctor:
- Severe pain in or around the wound that occurs suddenly or increases in intensity for no apparent reason.
- Tenderness around the wound.
- Pus or any other secretion coming from the wound.
- High fever, especially if it doesn’t seem to have an identifiable cause.
Bypass surgery is a major procedure and should be considered only after trying less invasive methods. If you think you are a candidate for heart bypass surgery, please call for a consultation with a qualified cardiologist. Only a trained cardiac specialist will be able to evaluate your specific needs and order the tests that will establish whether bypass surgery is the right choice for you.
Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery Pricing:
In the U.S, the cost of a heart bypass surgery can range from $80,000 to $250,000. The price for this same surgery in world-class medical facilities in Mexico is often under $80,000. Almater Hospital, one of Mexico’s leading private hospitals in Mexicali, Mexico, a mere two hour drive from San Diego, California offers this same heart bypass surgery from only $40,000. Almater Hospital also offers outstanding heart valve replacement surgery from only $32,000, including the cost of the valve.
Medications and physical therapy are additional costs for the patient to consider. In the U.S. physical therapy sessions cost between $100 and $400 per session. The price for physical therapy sessions in Mexico is often less than $25 per session. Medications such as ACE inhibitors that control heart failure and blood pressure, a statin that keeps the cholesterol under control, a beta-blocker and a blood thinning medication are also needed. In the U.S. each of these medications cost between $10 and $200 per month. The price for these same medications in Mexicali, Mexico is often 50% to 70% less.
Almater Hospital has a reputation among leading medical tourism authorities for offering life-saving surgeries at prices most can afford. A consistent 98% patient satisfaction rating proves that Almater Hospital doesn’t sacrifice quality or service…so patients can come to expect the same level of physician training, experience and professionalism that you’d find in the U.S. and Canada. Additionally, the staff at Almater Hospital is fully bilingual, so you don’t have to worry about mistranslations or confusions.