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Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery: Minimally Invasive Methods - Topic Overview

OPCAB

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 of surgery.

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 for you.

This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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Last Updated: August 13, 2014
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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