Coronary Artery Bypass
Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG)
Each year, 300 CABG procedures are performed at Memorial Hermann-TMC, treating such disorders as unstable angina, acute coronary syndrome, non-ST segment elevation and myocardial infarction. Our surgeons utilize the least invasive techniques possible, to achieve less blood loss, reduced pain, and achieve a shorter length of stay and faster recovery.
Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass (OPCAB)
The off-pump procedure provides a safer alternative to the heart-lung machine. Surgeons attach the bypass graft to the blocked artery while the heart is beating. This is accomplished using state of the art devices to stabilize the heart.
MIDCAB (Minimally Invasive)
The MIDCAB treats blockages in the left anterior descending artery (LAD) as well as its branches. (Right-sided blockage may be treated with a hybrid MIDCAB.) The surgeon makes a small incision between the ribs on the patient’s left side. Heart-lung equipment may or may not be used.
Robotic Assisted Coronary Artery Bypass (RACAB)
The most recent technological advance, RACAB provides access to the coronary arteries without opening the sternum. The surgeon does not have direct contact with the patient but guides robotic instrumentation via a video monitor.
Hybrid Coronary Artery Bypass
Complex coronary blockages can be treated using a combination of the least invasive methods for revascularization (reestablishing blood flow to the heart). This can be performed in partnership with invasive cardiology whereby a single vessel coronary artery bypass can be performed using minimally invasive approaches with percutaneous approaches to other coronary blockages in the hybrid operating room.