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Introduction

What is coronary artery bypass surgery?

Coronary artery bypass — also known as coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG, pronounced “cabbage”) — is a surgical procedure that improves the blood flow to the heart muscle if your coronary arteries are blocked or damaged. A surgeon uses blood vessels from another area of the body (usually your arm or leg) to repair the damaged arteries so that the heart can function properly. Depending on your condition, you may have multiple bypasses in one surgery.

View a timeline of care for patients having a coronary artery bypass »

1

1-2 weeks after you sign consent for surgery

Your surgeon’s office will give you the dates and times of your pre-operative and surgery appointments.

  • Dr. G. Christakis: 416-480-6080
  • Dr. G. Cohen: 416-480-6077
  • Dr. S. Fremes: 416-480-6073
  • Dr. F. Moussa: 416-480-4742
2

1-2 weeks before your surgery

Cardiac pre-operation education class.

Location: Cardiovascular Surgery Library & Conference Room
H-Wing, 4th Floor, Room H4 41

3

1-2 before your surgery

Pre-anesthesia assessment

Location: Pre-anesthesia Clinic M-Wing, Ground Floor, Room MG 402

4

1 business day before your surgery

The pre-assessment clinic will call you to tell you when you need to arrive at the hospital to register for your surgery.

5

The day of your surgery

Location: Surgical Services Registration Desk,
M-Wing, Ground Floor, Room MG 502

6

4 days after your surgery

Discharge from the hospital.
Time: 11 a.m.

7

1 week after discharge

Family doctor follow-up appointment. Call your family doctor to schedule this appointment once you know your surgery and discharge dates. 

8

4 weeks after discharge

Cardiologist follow-up appointment. Call your cardiologist to schedule this appointment

9

6-12 weeks after discharge

Surgeon follow-up appointment. Call your surgeon to schedule this appointment at their discretion

  • Dr. G. Christakis: 416-480-6080
  • Dr. G. Cohen: 416-480-6077
  • Dr. S. Fremes: 416-480-6073
  • Dr. F. Moussa: 416-480-4742