Harvard Heart Letter

Ask the doctor: Can you get a stent after bypass surgery and vice versa?

Ask the doctor

Can you get a stent after bypass surgery and vice versa?

Q. A friend told me that if you get a stent you can't have bypass surgery later on. Is that right? And what about the opposite "" getting a stent after having bypass surgery?

A. It isn't uncommon to get an artery-opening stent after undergoing bypass surgery or to have bypass surgery after getting a stent.

If a person has had a stent placed in a coronary artery, it might not be possible to connect a bypass graft directly into the part of the artery where the stent lies. The graft could, though, be placed farther "downstream" from the stent, or in another part of the coronary artery tree.

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