Minimally-invasive, direct coronary artery bypass grafting

Juann Jyh Sheu, Jih Shiuan Wang, Shiau Ting Lai, Tarng Jenn Yu, Zen Chung Weng, Chun Che Shih

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Background. Minimally-invasive, direct vision coronary artery bypass grafting (MIDCAB) is a new surgical technique performed via limited thoracotomy in a beating heart without cardiopulmonary bypass. Methods. From June 1996 to December 1996, MIDCAB was performed in 12 patients (all male; average age, 65.9 years). In 11 patients with left anterior descending coronary artery lesions, thoracotomy was performed via the left, fourth intercostal space and the pericardium was incised to identify the target site. About 8 cm of the left internal mammary artery was harvested. Bilateral anterolateral thoracotomy was performed in one patient with left anterior descending and right coronary artery lesions. Anastomosis was performed under direct vision in the beating heart without cardiopulmonary bypass. Results. MIDCAB was performed successfully without morbidity. The patients' average stay in the intensive care unit was 1.8 days. No patient had any early cardiac event requiring additional surgery or percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty. Postoperatively, all patients were asymptomatic and their recovery was uneventful. Conclusions. Our initial experience indicates that MIDCAB offers good results and is a treatment option for selected patients with left anterior descending and/or right coronary artery lesions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)507-512
Number of pages6
JournalChinese Medical Journal (Taipei)
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 1 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Anterolateral thoracotomy
  • Coronary artery bypass grafting
  • Internal mammary artery
  • Minimally-invasive surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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