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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.

Final thoughts

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 complications.

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Last Updated: September 18, 2012
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