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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 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 of surgery.

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 for you.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: March 12, 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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