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what is minimally invasive heart bypass surgery?

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Dr. Terrence Cohen
Cardiology 46 years experience
Smaller incisions: Instead of opening the chest widely, the heart is accessed through smaller incisions. This may result in a shorter recovery. Of course, having restricted access to the heart limits the areas that can be treated, thus this procedure may not be possible in many cases.
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 38 years experience
It depends: Minimally invasive surgery can mean many things. The majority of cardiac bypass surgery is done using the heart lung machine and stopping the heart (on pump). But some surgeons do it with the heart beating (off pump). Other surgeons do it thru a 3-4 in incision between the ribs. Others do it thru several 1 inch incisions with the robot. These also can be done on or off pump.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between eecp and heart bypass surgery?

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Dr. Andrew Kaplan
Cardiology 34 years experience
Invasive/noninvasive: Both coronary bypass surgery and eecp are used to treat patients with coronary artery disease and angina. Typically, bypass is for patients who have multiple blocked arteries or other situations where angioplasty and stenting are not feasible. Eecp is used for treatment when either angioplasty or bypass surgery are not feasible and the patient continues to have angina despite maximal medications.
A 30-year-old member asked:

How is heart bypass surgery performed?

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Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 18 years experience
Stepwise: In short, after anesthesia is induced, the chest is opened and in some cases, the heart and lungs are bypassed (some are not done this way). Then arteries or veins are used/harvested to bypass heart blockages and then the chest is then closed and anesthesia is reversed. It is a bit more complicated, but this is the best brief answer i can give.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What is the age limit of heart bypass surgery?

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Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 46 years experience
None, but...: Early 90 's occur, but late 90's (or 100s) are rare.
A 26-year-old member asked:

What is the success rate of heart bypass surgery?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
Good for pain: Bipass is very successful in relieving angina pectoris, pain related to blockage in the arteries. In most circumstances, there is not good evidence that it also lengthens life. Whether you have surgery or not, it is critical to address your risk factors such as smoking, blood pressure, cholesterol, stress, diabetes, obesity, lack of exercise, etc.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me about minimally invasive heart bypass surgery?

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Dr. Venkata Chilakapati
Cardiology 23 years experience
Minimally invasive: Your question is too broad to explain here. Please refer to the patient guide on minimally invasive bypass surgery: http://www.Cts.Usc.Edu/hpg-minimallyinvasivebypasssurgery.Html.

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