Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is a surgical procedure performed to treat coronary artery disease. In CABG, arteries or veins (from elsewhere in a person’s body) are grafted to the coronary arteries or moved without bringing its own blood supply. Instead, a new blood supply grows after it is placed. As a result, the blood flow can bypass the blocked artery to improve the blood supply and coronary circulation to the heart. Traditional CABG surgery is usually performed with the heart stopped, but minimally invasive techniques are now available to patients that allow CABG to be performed on a beating heart, also known as “off-pump.”
At Albany Med, our cardiac surgeons, Dr. Harry DePan and Dr. Stuart Miller, with 50 years of combined experience, are performing one of these procedures called minimally invasive cardiac surgery for coronary artery bypass grafting (MICS CABG).
MICS CABG is a new approach to coronary revascularization — the process of restoring the blood flow to the heart by way of bypassing blockages or obstructions in the coronary arteries. It involves only a small incision in the chest to access the heart and to address the blockage in the artery without having to cut the breastbone or sternum.