Multiple Coronary Bypass Grafting: Current Mortality and Morbidity

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Although coronary artery bypass surgery has become increasingly popular in recent years, recent critical reports have cast doubt on its efficacy in certain groups of patients. Our report reviews a recent experience with multiple coronary bypass grafting for triple vessel disease. From March 1976 to October 1978, 276 patients received from three to nine coronary bypass grafts. Combined procedures including valve replacement and ventricular aneurysmectomy are included. There were two operative deaths (30 days) for a 0.7% operative mortality. Eleven patients (4%) sustained a perioperative infarction. Other nonfatal operative complications are reviewed. The overall safety and low morbidity allow us to recommend coronary bypass surgery to certain controversial subsets of patients, ie, those with high-grade double and triple vessel disease with stable angina.

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