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Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting

Baylor Scott y White Heart and Vascular Hospital - Dallas

Heart bypass surgery options in Dallas

The most common cardiovascular surgery procedure in the United States is coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). This is a treatment for coronary artery disease. During the CABG procedure a healthy artery or vein from the body is connected, or grafted, to the blocked coronary artery. This healthy artery or vein bypasses the blocked portion of the coronary artery, creating a detour for oxygen-rich blood to flow to the heart muscle.

Cardiac surgery on the Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, campus in Dallas continues to be a nationally recognized program providing cardiovascular care you can feel Better about. Baylor University Medical Center was awarded 3-Stars in Isolated CABG by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons for the fourth consecutive recognition period. Also awarded High Performing in Heart Bypass Surgery, U.S. News & World Report has recognized the Baylor Dallas program since 2016.

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Minimally invasive heart bypass surgery


Open-heart surgery usually includes making a very large incision down the middle of the chest. This consists of a full cut through the breastbone, which often takes 12 or more weeks to heal. Another surgical alternative is minimally-invasive "keyhole" surgery. It involves creating a small incision (keyhole) in the side of the chest where surgeons pass through small surgical instruments to correct valve disease, coronary artery disease and congenital heart defects.

The potential benefits of keyhole surgery include:

  • Reduced trauma and pain, along with less tissue damage
  • Decreased blood loss
  • Decreased wound infection, with no sternal (breastbone) wound
  • Improvement in morbidity and mortality
  • The approach can be an option for repeat cardiac surgery
  • Reduced recovery time and quicker return to normal activities
  • A better cosmetic result with reduced scarring
  • Decreased hospital length of stay
  • Improved patient satisfaction
  • No weight restrictions after recovery from surgery
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