Restore your heart’s health with bypass surgery

With time, many people develop blockages in the arteries that carry blood to their heart. These blockages, called coronary artery disease, are a buildup of fatty material called plaque. Coronary artery disease can often be be managed with medication or stents, but more severe conditions may require surgery. When this happens, our heart experts at Missouri Baptist Medical Center offer coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. CABG, or heart bypass surgery, creates an alternate pathway for blood flow to restore your heart’s health.

If your doctor has recommended a CABG procedure, you probably have a lot of questions. Our heart team includes highly specialized surgeons and nurses who will be with you every step of the way.

Why Choose Us?

Missouri Baptist Medical Center (MoBap) is nationally ranked as “high performing” for heart bypass procedures, like CABG, by U.S. News & World Report. We are the highest-volume cardiac surgery center at a community hospital in the region. For you, that means we offer a level of experience you can rely on. Research has shown that people have better outcomes at more experienced programs.

Our cardiac surgery program outcomes exceed several national quality benchmarks, according to the Society of Thoracic Surgery (STS) data registry. Developed to improve safety and patient outcomes for cardiothoracic surgeries, the STS data registry is the largest cardiac surgery registry in the world.

  • Performed more than 22,000 heart surgeries since the start of our program
  • Over 7,000 of those surgeries were heart bypass surgery
  • Among a select group of heart programs in the U.S. to consistently receive the STS’ highest 3-star rating
  • Highly specialized team of surgeons and cardiologists meet weekly to develop individualized treatment plans for each patient
  • Centrally located in St. Louis

Questions & Answers

Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), also called bypass surgery or heart bypass surgery, restores blood flow to your heart muscle. An incision is made through the breast bone to provide our surgeons with the best access to bypass as many blocked arteries as necessary. A cardiopulmonary bypass machine, often referred to as a heart lung machine, is used to allow the heart to be stopped temporarily while the bypasses are being constructed. The heart team takes a healthy blood vessel from another part of your body — usually the leg, chest wall or arm — and connects it below the blockage in the artery. Afterward, blood bypasses (goes around) the clogged artery to reach your heart muscle. Once completed the heart starts beating and you come off the heart lung machine.

Some people need one or more arteries bypassed to restore blood flow. Depending how many arteries are bypassed, the surgeon may refer to your surgery as a single, double or triple bypass.

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