Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
Our skilled surgical team performs this life-saving procedure every day.
Coronary artery disease can be a life-threatening condition when the arteries supplying blood to the heart become blocked. That can lead to chest pain, rapid fatigue, shortness of breath, and other symptoms that should be evaluated before this disease leads to heart failure.
Fortunately, Jackson Health System’s cardiac surgeons have extensive experience in coronary bypass surgery, which involves redirecting the blood flow around the blocked arteries serving the heart. Our commitment is always to get patients back on their feet and living the life they had before surgery.
Our multidisciplinary surgical team can also help you address underlying chronic conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, which can lead to hardening of the arteries and affect your overall quality of life.
Minimally invasive surgery
Our surgeons can perform coronary bypass procedures through small incisions in the chest, leaving fewer scars and shortening the recovery time.
We use special equipment to stabilize the heart during surgery for some patients, rather than relying on a traditional heart-lung machine.
We use robotic-assisted surgery, including advanced video imaging, for some types of heart procedures.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a coronary bypass procedure?
A cardiac surgeon will bypass the blocked artery serving your heart with a blood vessel taken from elsewhere in your body—mostly from your legs—thereby restoring blood flow beyond the blockage.
How long does it take to recover?
Many patients are able to start their recovery the day after surgery and return to all their daily activities in less than 10 to 12 weeks.
Will bypass surgery leave a big scar on my chest?
We will always evaluate for a minimally-invasive option to replace or repair a valve, which will result in a smaller incision and less scarring, less discomfort, and quicker recovery time.
Will I need a blood transfusion?
We are experts in patient blood management, improving outcomes and offering peace of mind for those who seek the very best care without blood transfusions, when that is an option. Our surgeons can also discuss this with you in detail prior to your procedure.
Will I need another bypass surgery?
It’s possible for a different artery or the replacement artery to become blocked in the future. Be sure to follow your physician’s recommendations for managing coronary artery disease, making lifestyle modifications, and getting regular checkups from your cardiologist.