Heart surgery is a surgical operation done to correct problems with the heart. More than half a million heart surgeries are done each year around the world. Heart surgery can be performed on both children and adults.
The most common type of heart surgery for adults is Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG).During CABG, surgeons use healthy arteries or veins taken from another part of the body to bypass blocked heart arteries. CABG relieves chest pain and reduces the risk of heart attack.
Another common type of heart surgery performed at the Hospital is valve surgery as a result of heart valve disease. Heart valve disease occurs when a valve doesn’t work well. A valve may not open fully or a valve may have problems closing. If this happens, blood doesn’t move through the heart’s chambers as it should.
During heart valve surgery, one or more valves are repaired or replaced. Repair involves the mending of a valve to make it work better. Replacement entails the removal of the diseased valve and the insertion of a new one.