Coronary Bypass Surgery in Corpus Christi, TX
Coronary bypass surgery is a category of heart surgery that involves diverting blood flow from a blocked artery so that blood can efficiently still flow through your blood stream.
Usually, this is done with a process called Coronary Artery Grafting, which involves taking a healthy blood vessel from another part of your body (i.e. Leg, Arm) and making a bypass around the diseased heart artery.
Types of Heart Bypass Surgery
- Conventional Heart Bypass Surgery
- This is also referred to as “Open Heart Surgery” because the surgeon would create an 8-10 inch incision to perform it.
- Minimally Invasive Bypass Surgery
- A few small incisions are made to use smaller surgical tools to perform the surgery.
What Causes the Need for Coronary Bypass Surgery?
Bypasses are performed to allow blood to flow around a blockage or diseased artery. So, if you have plaque building up in your arteries, or have cardiovascular diseases that affect the flow of blood out of the heart, you may need to have a bypass graft.
Potential causes for plaque buildup or cardiovascular disease are:
- Atherosclerosis – the fancy, medical term for the narrowing of the arteries due to plaque buildup, and all of the associated negative health consequences associated with these narrowed arteries:
- Cartoid Artery Disease
- Coronary Heart Disease
- Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- Ruptured Artery
- High Blood Pressure
Alternatives to Coronary Bypass Surgery
If you have serious heart disease, Coronary Bypass Surgery may be harmful or not be effective in alleviating your condition and improving your quality of life. If that is the case, you may have to do an alternative to a Coronary Bypass Surgery. Possibilities may be:
- Balloon Angioplasty
- Heart Stenting