Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery: Minimally Invasive Methods - Topic Overview
The off-pump coronary artery bypass (OPCAB) technique is another type
of beating-heart surgery. It requires one large incision. like traditional
CABG surgery. But with OPCAB, you don't need a heart-lung bypass machine. And this surgery may
not require manipulation of the aorta.
Is this surgery right for you?
You and your doctor can discuss whether minimally invasive CABG
surgery is a good choice for you. The decision depends on your overall health,
how bad your coronary artery disease is, how many bypasses need to be
created, and some other things. If you choose to have the surgery, it is
important to ask how experienced your cardiac surgeon is in doing these types
There are pros and cons to the various types of
minimally invasive CABG surgeries. With information and communication, you and
your doctor can make the right decision about which CABG procedure is best