Missouri Baptist Medical Center continually ranks among the very top hospitals for cardiac surgery in the nation. Known for our exceptional heart surgery program, we are one of only 24 programs in the U.S. to receive the Society for Thoracic Surgeons' highest 3-star rating for both cardiac bypass surgery and aortic valve surgery in 2012.
At Missouri Baptist you are assigned a dedicated team of cardiac surgeons and cardiac nurses who only care for cardiac and thoracic patients. The specialization of our team allows our staff to have an in-depth knowledge of cardiac diseases and treatments, paired with a dedication that allows them to treat the whole patient.
Our heart team of surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses have performed more than 19,000 heart surgeries since the program was established in 1984 making Missouri Baptist Medical Center the highest volume non-academic cardiac surgery in Metro St. Louis.
Volume matters because research has shown that patients who have their cardiac surgery at surgical centers that perform a high volume of cardiac surgery have better outcomes than those patients who go to a low volume center. Not to mention our cardiac surgery programs outcomes exceed national benchmarks according to the Society of Thoracic Surgery (STS) data registry, the largest cardiac surgery registry in the world.
Cardiac Surgery at Missouri Baptist:
For those conditions requiring surgical treatments, our Cardiac Surgery Center offers decades of experience and world-renowned surgeons who have performed more than 18,000 heart surgeries since the program was established.
- Aneurysm Repair- A lifesaving surgical procedure that is used to replace a weakened and “bulging” section (aneurysm) in the aorta.
- Atrial Fibrillation Surgery and Pulmonary Vein Isolation- Several surgical options are available to treat atrial fibrillation and thereby restore patients to a regular heart beat rhythm and reduce or eliminate the symptoms associated with atrial fibrillation. The choice of procedure depends greatly on the cause of a patient’s atrial fibrillation.
- Carotid Endarterectomy- This is the most common surgical treatment to remove plaque and restore healthy blood flow in the carotid artery, the vessels leading to the head and brain.
- Congenital Heart Surgery- These surgeries correct heart defects present from birth that can disrupt the normal flow of blood through the heart. These defects can involve the walls of the heart, the valves of the heart and the arteries and veins near the heart.
- Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)- The most common kind of heart surgery, this involves sewing a section of blood vessel from the leg, arm or chest wall to bypass a part of a diseased coronary artery. This creates a new route for blood to flow, so that the heart muscle will get the oxygen-rich blood it needs to function properly.
- Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement - The new procedure, called transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), allows a team of cardiologists and cardiac surgeons to insert a new valve inside your diseased valve without open heart surgery. The new valve is put in place through a catheter that is inserted through the groin or between the ribs.
- Transmyocardial Laser Revascularization - A surgical procedure, which uses a laser to make 20-45 "channels," or small holes, directly into the heart muscle. The outside of the heart muscle seals up immediately. The surgery has been shown to reduce angina and improve the quality of life in patients with coronary artery disease.
- Valve Replacement or Repair - Surgeries to repair or replace the mitral or aortic valves. These valves are on the left side of the heart, and play a key role maintaining a one-way flow of blood, opening and closing with each heartbeat.
- The Ross Procedure - A cardiac surgery operation where a diseased aortic valve is replaced with the person's own pulmonary valve. A pulmonary homograft (valve taken from a cadaver) is then used to replace the patient's own pulmonary valve.
- Vascular Surgeries - Surgeries to treat various types of aneurysms, including thoracic, abdominal and renal aneurysms; upper extremity occlusive disease; arterial occlusive disease; carotid artery disease; venous disease; and lower extremity occlusive arterial disease.