I Had Quintuple Bypass Surgery In 1991, Does This Mean That I Had Five Blockages Or Five Grafts?

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I Had Quintuple Bypass Surgery In 1991, Does This Mean That I Had Five Blockages Or Five Grafts?

I had quintuple bypass surgery in 1991. Does this mean that I had five blockages or five grafts?

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Bob Caulkins,

Thanks for your question. This means that you had 5 grafts placed to bypass your blockages. I'm unable to say how many blockages you had, and the number of grafts can vary. It all depends on the location of the blockages. For example, if a blockage is in the middle of a vessel, then one bypass will take care of it. However, if the blockage is located just before the vessel divides, it would require two grafts, one to each vessel past the dividing point.

I hope this has been helpful.

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