Beating heart coronary artery bypass surgery helps to improve the lives of tens of thousands of people every year.
BEATING HEART BYPASS SURGERY
WHAT HAPPENS DURING BEATING HEART BYPASS SURGERY?
First, the surgeon removes a section of a healthy vein or artery from an area of your body. It is called a graft. The surgeon attaches one end of the graft to an area of the heart above the blockage in your artery. The other end is attached to an area of your coronary artery below the blockage. Once the graft is attached, blood flow to your heart is restored.
The challenge in beating heart CABG surgery is that it can be difficult to suture or “sew” on a beating heart. The surgeon must use a “stabilization” system to keep the heart steady. The stabilization system consists of a heart positioner and a tissue stabilizer. The heart positioner guides and holds the heart in a position that provides the best access to the blocked arteries. The tissue stabilizer holds a small area of the heart still while a surgeon works on it.