After Heart Surgery

We have seen why bypass operation needs to be done; now we will see what happens after such a major operation. After heart surgery, the recovery takes some time. There may be a little pain and cough, but the tremendous overall benefit of the operation makes it all...

Octopus in the Operation Theatre

Octopus is a device used by the cardiac surgeons during an ‘Off Pump’ Bypass operation to hold a small part of the heart stable while the graft is being attached. It has suckers, which stick to the heart (like an octopus) and hold it still without damaging it.  ...

‘Off Pump’ Bypass

This is the latest technique of doing CABG where the heart lung machine is not used. This obviates the drawbacks of the heart lung machine mentioned above and makes the Bypass quicker and safer. The patient gets better earlier as compared to On Pump Bypass and may...

‘On Pump’ Bypass

Bypass operations are done using the heart lung machine, which makes it possible to stop the heart beating during surgery. This is called ‘On Pump Bypass’ because the heart lung machine pumps the blood through our body instead of the heart, which is stopped. While the...