OFF-PUMP BEATING HEART CORONARY ARTERY BYPASS GRAFT SURGERY
A Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery (CABG) is a surgery which is performed to bypass blockages and improve blood flow to the heart muscle. A CABG uses a blood vessel (graft) which is taken from the arm, leg or chest to bypass a narrowed or blocked coronary artery.
Standard Coronary Artery Bypas Graft Surgery
Are There Side Effects?
Although it is a safe procedure, there are some side effects such as personality changes, mental deterioration as well as damages to the kidneys and lungs due to being hooked up on the heart-lung machine.
These complications, which can affect the lives of patients and their families have led surgeons to look for different options. One of the best options is the a technique called the Off-Pump Coronary Bypass Graft Surgery (OPCAB)
Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (OPCAB) Surgery
OPCAB is also famously known as Beating Heart Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery
This manoeuvre allows the sewing of blood vessels to be done safely and accurately without having to stop the heart. Indeed, it is as if the patient is undergoing any other major operation where the circulation continues in the physiological manner and not artificially as with the use of the heart-lung machine.
The Advantages Of OPCAB Include:
Less brain complications
DOCTOR IN CHARGE
Dr David Khoo Sin Keat
Consultant Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgeon
MD (UKM), FRCS (Edinburgh), Fellowship in Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery (Mayo Clinic, USA)