Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery: Minimally Invasive Methods - Topic Overview
The off-pump coronary artery bypass (OPCAB) technique is another type
of beating-heart surgery that requires the same large incision as traditional
CABG surgery. OPCAB eliminates the use of a heart-lung bypass machine and may
not require manipulation of the aorta.
The OPCAB procedure is performed basically the same way as
traditional CABG surgery, except that the heart-lung bypass machine is not used
and the aorta is not clamped.
Is minimally invasive CABG surgery right for you?
You and your doctor can discuss whether minimally invasive CABG
surgery is appropriate for you. The decision depends on your overall health,
how bad your coronary artery disease is, how many bypasses need to be
created, and various other factors. If you choose to have the surgery, it is
important to ask how experienced your cardiac surgeon is in doing these types
There are advantages and disadvantages to the various types of
minimally invasive CABG surgeries. With information and communication, you and
your doctor can make an appropriate decision about which CABG procedure is best