Open Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery

Off-Pump "Beating Heart" Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery

Once thought impossible, cardiac surgeons can now perform coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) procedures while the heart is still beating. During a "beating heart" bypass procedure, a surgeon uses a heart stabilizer to reduce the movement in the area of the heart to be bypassed. Eliminating the use of the heart-lung machine reduces complications such as stroke, increased need for blood transfusions, and kidney and lung complications.

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On-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery

On-pump CABG surgery is performed by taking a small part of a blood vessel from another part of the body, usually a vein from the leg, for use as the graft vessel. In the majority of CABG procedures performed in the United States, the patient's heart is stopped temporarily while surgeons use a continuous thread and hand sew vessels together to bypass the blockages. During this procedure, a mechanical cardiopulmonary bypass machine keeps the blood circulating through the body. The blood is rerouted through the healthy vessel and blood flow is restored to the heart muscle.

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