Also known as Key hole surgery or Limited Access Coronary Artery Surgery and includes Port-Access Coronary Artery Bypass (PACAB or Port CAB) and Minimally Invasive Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (MIDCAB)
An alternative to standard bypass surgery (CABG). Small incisions (“ports”) are made in the chest. Chest arteries or veins from your leg are attached to the heart to “bypass” the clogged coronary artery or arteries. The instruments are passed through the ports to perform the bypasses. It’s done while the heart is still beating. Requires few days in the hospital, takes less time in recovery comparing to standard bypass Surgery (CABG).
Reason for the Procedure
- Manages blockage of blood flow to the heart and improves the supply of blood and oxygen to the heart.
- Relieves chest pain(angina)
- Reduces risk of heart attack
- Improves ability for physical activity
Advantages of Minimally invasive surgery
- Increased safety: with a small incision, there’s less trauma to the body and far less blood loss.
- Decreased scarring: most incisions just take a stitch or two to close.
- Faster recovery: whereas recovery from traditional surgery typically takes six to eight weeks, patients who have undergone minimally invasive usually takes recovery in only two weeks.
- Decreased length of hospital Stay: most MICS procedures are associated with 23hour discharge or schedule outpatient surgery.