When you have coronary artery disease, the blood vessels that carry oxygen and other nutrients to your heart narrow. Over time, if too much fatty material (plaque) builds up along the walls of your arteries, you can develop a blockage that increases your risk of heart attack. To protect your heart, you may need surgery.

At Baptist Health, our outstanding heart surgeons use the most advanced techniques to conduct coronary bypass graft surgery (CABG). With leading-edge technologies, they can build a new path around the blockage to increase blood flow to your heart.

What is CABG?

What is CABG?

A CABG procedure takes healthy blood vessels from other parts of your body to create a bypass around your blockage. The blood vessel (called a graft) can come from your leg, an artery in your chest or even your wrist.

The concept behind the procedure is simple: Your surgeon attaches one end of the healthy blood vessel above the blockage and the other end below it. As a result, your blood flows around the blockage to your heart.

When Should You Have a CABG Surgery?

A CABG surgery can be used to treat a blockage or narrowing of one or more of the arteries that carry oxygen-rich blood to your heart. The most common condition treated with CABG is coronary artery disease. Your doctor may recommend you have a CABG procedure if you have:

  • An angioplasty (with or without a stent) that hasn’t worked.
  • A blockage in your left main artery that provides a lot of blood to your heart.
  • A blocked artery that can’t be treated by angioplasty.
  • More than one diseased artery and a lower left heart chamber that doesn’t work correctly.
  • Severe chest pain from the narrowing of several heart arteries.
  • Severe narrowing in your main heart artery.

CABG Surgery Options

Our expert cardiac surgeons are trained to complete CABG procedures using both traditional and minimally invasive techniques. In fact, our Chief of Cardiac Surgery Joseph McGinn, M.D., pioneered the minimally invasive approach many of our cardiac surgeons now perform.

We will work with you to determine which CABG surgery option is best for you. 

  • For this procedure, your surgeon makes a large cut (incision) in your chest bone, opens your rib cage and temporarily stops your heart. They put tubes in your heart and use a heart-lung machine to pump blood through your body during surgery.

    Then, they sew the ends of the healthy blood vessel on either side of your blockage to create a new path for blood flow. If you have multiple blockages, you may require multiple bypasses. These are known as double (2), triple (3) or even quadruple (4) bypasses.

    Once surgery is complete, your surgeon removes the heart-lung bypass machine and may place a temporary pacemaker to keep your heart beating regularly.

  • After making an incision in your chest, your surgeon uses a special tool to stabilize the area around your artery. This procedure does not use a heart-lung bypass machine.Your heart continues to beat normally while your surgeon sews the healthy blood vessels onto either side of your blockage.

  • With this procedure, your surgeon makes three small incisions instead of a single large one, and they can use video or robotic assistance to perform the surgery. There’s no need to cut through your chest bone, so you’ll recover and get back to your daily activities in as little as a week. Plus, there’s no need for a transfusion and almost no infection risk.

Recovering from CABG Surgery

Most people who have CABG surgery require several weeks to recover from the procedure. Immediately following the surgery, you will spend a couple of days in intensive care for close monitoring by our cardiovascular team. You will then move to a regular hospital room for at least a week. Your length of stay will depend on the complexity of your procedure, how quickly you recover and other medical conditions you have. If you received MICS CABG, your stay will be much shorter.

After leaving the hospital, you will likely participate in a cardiac rehabilitation program. This provides a safe recovery supported by our cardiac rehab specialists. It includes an exercise program, nutrition counseling and other supportive services to help you regain your strength after surgery.

“I want to give the patients a great operation, a great recovery and the best result.”

Meet our CABG Surgeons

We have an outstanding team of highly trained cardiac surgeons who have experience in performing successful coronary artery bypass surgery. They are dedicated to working with you to find the CABG surgery option that will give you the best outcome. Learn more about our surgeons.

To schedule with our team of physicians in Miami-Dade County, call 786-596-1230

To schedule with our team of physicians in Boca Raton or Boynton Beach call 561-955-6300

Our Locations


8950 North Kendall Drive
Suite #600W
Miami, Florida 33176

Boca Raton

801 Meadows Road
Suite #102
Boca Raton, Florida 33486

Boynton Beach

2815 S Seacrest Blvd
3rd Floor
Boynton Beach, Florida 33435

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