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What is Heart Bypass Surgery?


Heart bypass surgery (Coronary Artery Bypass Graft -CABG-) is performed when arteries that feed oxygen to the heart are blocked or damaged, to improve blood flow to the heart. 


If not treated these arteries are blocked or blood flow is restricted, which means the heart muscle is at risk for damage and doesn’t work properly. 


Heart bypass surgery (known as Coronary bypass surgery) can relieve symptoms, improve heart function and potentially prevent a heart attack. 


How is Heart Bypass Surgery Performed?


Heart bypass surgery generally takes around three to six hours and performed under general anesthesia. The length of the surgery changes according to the number of bypasses that the individuals need. The severe of the  blockages and where they took place in the heart are the other cases that affects the duration.


The first step of the heart bypass surgery is to open the rib cage to expose the heart. The surgeon will make an incision in the middle of the chest.


During the heart bypass surgery, the surgeon will take a section of healthy blood vessel, often from inside the chest wall or from the lower leg to bypass the blocked or damaged portion of the artery. This step is called grafting. 


Finally after completing the graft, your surgeon will check the function of the bypass and use wire to close the chest bone which will remain in the body after the bone heals. After the surgery the individual will taken to the intensive care unit (ICU) for monitoring.


What’s it like to recover from Heart Bypass Surgery?


After the heart bypass surgery, the individuals will be kept under control in the ICU for one to two days. When vital signs are found stable, the individual will be taken to a normal room. 


During the first days after the surgery it is common that the individual may experience; pain at the incision site, pain with deep breaths and coughing. 


Healing from heart bypass surgery can take 6 to 12 weeks. During that time the individuals has to take care of the incision wounds, avoid heavy exertion and heavy lifting, rest as plenty as possible. 


Fever over 100.4°F (38°C), increasing pain in the chest, rapid heart rate and redness or discharge around the incision has to reported to the doctor. 


Why I Must Take My Heart Bypass Surgery in Turkey? 


In Turkey, each year, more than 100,000 coronary artery bypass surgery is performed. In fact, 30% of the patients who get the treatment are from overseas. 


When the subject is “hearth bypass surgery,” the individuals has to pay attention to the skill and experience of the surgical and recovery teams are important considerations. In Turkey, you will have the chance of getting the best treatment, in fully equipped hospitals from highly experienced surgeons. 


The technology and the technics are developing day by day. Hearth bypass was once considered a difficult surgery, but now it is almost found to be routine in many medical centers. Most of the very well known surgeons in Turkey performs this particular operation regularly (at least 2 or 3 times per week). 


Surgical procedures in Turkey is much more affordable when compared to USA, UK or any other country in Europe. 


It is easy to travel to Turkey. There are direct flights from more than 300 countries to Turkey. The flights are affordable as well as the surgery it self. 


If you have heart disease and need help, we’re here for you. To get started today, please do not hesitate to contact with us… 



American Hospital, Koç University Hospital


Doç. Dr. Cihangir Çelik, Doç. Dr. Haldun Karagöz, Prof Dr. Mehmet Güngör KAYA, Prof. Dr. Ender Ödemiş, Prof. Dr.Alparslan Kılıç, Prof. Dr.Alpay Çeliker, Prof. Dr.Şükrü Dilege


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