Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery: How It Is Done - Topic Overview
Closing your chest cavity
Prior to closing up your sternum, your surgeon will place several small tubes inside your chest cavity, with one end exiting your body through an incision in
your upper abdomen. These tubes allow drainage of any extra fluids from your
chest. Your surgeon will then close your rib cage and use metal wires to bring
the two halves of your sternum back together.
Finally, your surgeon will sew the soft tissues and muscles in your
chest together with extra-strong stitches, or sutures. Surgery without
complications usually takes 3 to 6 hours, depending on how many coronary
arteries are bypassed.
Although the CABG procedure is considered a relatively safe
procedure, it also involves certain risks. It is important that you educate
yourself about the
risks of CABG surgery beforehand and talk with your
surgeon about how your current health condition will affect your risk for