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Is CABG (coronary artery bypass grafting) an open heart surgery or closed heart surgery?

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Dr. Benjamin Nguyen
12 years experience in Anesthesiology
Not necessarily: A CABG if done without cardiopulmonary bypass (cpb) does not require the heart to be opened, however most cabgs are done with cpb requires cannula placement in the heart. However, most people consider any surgery on the heart where the chest is opened open heart surgery.
Answered on Nov 26, 2018
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