Heart surgeons at SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital - Jefferson City perform open-heart surgery through a Coronary Aftery Bypass Graft Surgery procedure.
Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery
A coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) is a surgical procedure in which blood is rerouted around clogged arteries to improve the blood supply to the heart. The surgery uses a piece of a vein from the leg or an artery from the chest or wrist. The surgeon attaches this to the coronary artery above and below the narrowed area or blockage. This allows blood to bypass the blockage.
This surgery is usually performed with the heart stopped, necessitating the usage of a heart-lung machine – an artificial device that pumps oxygen and blood through the body.