Anesthesiology for Heart Bypass

This information is useful for adults and older adults
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Why Yale Medicine?
  • Expertise in off-pump surgery to speed recovery and reduce complications
  • Innovators who are testing and adapting new cardiac procedures
  • Using advanced, minimally invasive procedures, including robotic surgery

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with coronary atherosclerosis, it means there's cholesterol build-up as well as injury and inflammation in the inner wall of the heart’s arteries. 

Lifestyle changes, medical therapies and stents to open up obstructions in the arteries can work for years and even decades. When they fail, a heart bypass surgery, which reroutes blood flow around the blocked area, may be needed.

Patients who see a Yale Medicine cardiac surgeon often have significant blockage and failing health. "The medical management—not just for the heart but for all the organs—becomes the responsibility of the anesthesiologist,” says Manuel Fontes, MD, division chief for cardiac anesthesiology at Yale Medicine and a professor in anesthesiology at Yale School of Medicine.

Clinical Trials

New treatments for many conditions are tested in clinical trials, which ultimately bring lifesaving new drugs and devices to the patients who need them most. By participating in a clinical trial, you may get access to the most advanced treatments for your condition, and help determine their benefits for future patients.