Coronary bypass surgery is a major operation that helps prevent death from blocked heart arteries. During a coronary bypass operation, a heart surgeons takes arteries from other parts of the patient's body and grafts them onto a coronary artery to create a blood vessel that bypasses the blockage. This allows the heart to send and receive blood from itself. The operation relieves the pain of angina and helps the heart to beat stronger. In the US, the cost of a coronary bypass is around $45,000, and in the UK the price is around £35,000. Patients can save money by finding a skilled cardiac surgeon overseas.
In Mexico, Costa Rica, and Argentina, the cost of coronary bypass surgery is between £10,000 and £15,000, or between $15,000 and $22,000. Heart doctors in Latin America study in some of the best medical schools in the US and Europe, and most nurses and hospital staff speak English. Patients will be well provided for in hospitals that are clean and modern. Doctors have access to the latest imaging devices and surgical equipment, so they can create artery grafts with precision and minimal complications. Recovery time for coronary bypass surgery is several days to several weeks. Patients can either return home, or extend their stay in Latin America to recuperate in a tranquil environment. The costs of food and lodging in Latin America are low.
In Europe, the top destinations for affordable heart surgery are Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. Here, coronary bypass operations are performed in state-of-the-art facilities with caring nurses and doctors.