At Deborah Heart and Lung Center, cardiothoracic surgeons perform Minimally-Invasive Direct Coronary Artery Bypass (MIDCAB) surgery. This exciting new procedure allows coronary revascularization to be performed with a small incision and without the use of the heart-lung machine. This reduces complications and morbidity sometimes associated with traditional coronary artery surgery, while maintaining the impressive durability seen when the internal mammary artery is used as a bypass conduit.
To perform this surgery:
A physician may recommend a minimally invasive coronary artery bypass to patients with a blockage in one or two coronary arteries, most often in the front of the heart. MIDCAB is usually only recommended if treatments such as medication, cardiac rehabilitation, and angioplasty with stenting have failed.