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A tiny ‘corset’ that fits over veins could save thousands of patients from repeat heart bypass surgery. The revolutionary mesh sleeve protects grafted vessels being damaged by the body’s blood pressure – the main reason bypass operations fail in more than half of cases after ten years.
Heart disease happens when the blood supply to the organ becomes restricted when the arteries that supply it become clogged. This can lead to parts of the heart muscle becoming starved of oxygen, triggering chest pains – a condition known as angina – or a potentially fatal heart attack.
Problem - Heart-bypass - Surgery - Doctors - Veins
The problem can be tackled by heart-bypass surgery, which involves doctors removing healthy veins from the legs and transplanting them into the heart. Acting as replacement arteries, these grafted veins divert the blood flow around the clogged arteries and improve oxygen supply.
The operation, known as coronary artery bypass grafting surgery (CABG) can be a life-saver.
Procedures - NHS - Year - Failure - Rate
It is one of the most commonly performed procedures by the NHS, with 26,000 carried out each year. However, the failure rate for CABG is high, with many patients requiring repeat surgery often after less than ten years.
But now results from the world’s first trial of the corset show that five years after treatment, transplanted veins fitted with the plastic and metal device are almost as good as new.
Heart - Surgeon - David - Taggart - Research
Heart surgeon David Taggart, who led the research at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, said the pioneering treatment is ‘almost certainly the future’ for CABG.
He said: ‘We’ve made the surgery and recovery from bypass surgery really safe over the years but patients can still die or need repeat surgery because the grafted veins become blocked.
Procedure - Film - Industry - Manager - John
One of the first to benefit from the procedure is former film industry manager John O’Toole, who had heart-bypass surgery...
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