Coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) is the surgical approach to relieving blockages causing heart attack or angina. CABG is performed by a cardiothoracic or cardiac surgeon, and not by a cardiologist (clear demarkation of specialty). CABG is indicated if blockages are not able to be treated with coronary angioplasty or stenting. This may be due to chronic blockages, blockages that are too tortuous or long to recanalise with guidewires, or blockages that are too dangerous to fix with stents (although this indication is declining with the improvement in stenting technique).
Surgeons are also performing minimally invasive surgeries using smaller incisions on the right front chest as well as the right mid-chest areas. Talk to your heart surgeon about these newer techniques.
Open heart surgery is now performed at Peninsula Private Hospital; since October 2012, we have treated over 500 patients successfully.
Dr. Szto refers patients to several cardiac surgeons in Melbourne – these surgeons work at Monash Medical Centre, Cabrini, Alfred Hospital, Epworth, St. Vincent’s and others on request.