Minimally Invasive Surgery
Minimally invasive coronary revascularization (MICS-CABG)
program at Mohawk Valley Heart Institute
Less recovery time means more family time.
Advanced techniques made by our surgeons allow them to perform CABG surgery without having the heart stopped and connected to a heart-lung machine (cardiopulmonary bypass - CPB), and without having to split the breastbone open.
Compared to an open chest surgery, our minimally invasive techniques result in:
- Only a three-inch incision between the ribs is required, thus avoiding dividing the breastbone.
- MICS-CABG uses beating-heart technology, eliminating the need for a heart-lung machine.
- MICS-CABG gives the patient the advantage of the “golden graft” from the Left Internal Mammary Artery (LIMA) to the Left Anterior Descending Coronary Artery (LAD).
- LIMA/LAD grafts improve survival rates and reduce the need for re-intervention or re-operation.
- MICS-CABG is associated with a short hospital stay, a much-reduced recovery time and a quick return to work.
Small incision through left chest instead of through breastbone
This procedure is suited for patients with blockage or blockages in arteries at the front of the heart. (The left anterior descending (LAD) artery and its branches.)
Our cardiology and cardiac surgery teams work together to deliver the best possible revascularization strategy for each patient, often using a hybrid approach which combines the best techniques from Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) and Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG).
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