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You’ve probably heard of minimally invasive CABG (coronary artery bypass grafting), but you might have doubts about how well it really works. Here’s the truth behind the top myths about minimally invasive CABG:

1. It doesn’t work if your patient needs multiple bypasses. Minimally invasive CABG isn’t just for those who need a limited number of bypasses. The average patient getting minimally invasive CABG has 2 or 3 bypasses – but quadruple bypasses are common, and the technique can work for up to 6 bypasses.

2. The results don’t last that long. Patency rates for minimally invasive CABG are just as favorable as those of traditional bypass surgery. Studies show that at 6 months, patency averages are 92% for all grafts and 100% for internal thoracic (mammary) artery grafts.

3. Placing multiple stents is the preferred alternative to traditional bypass. If your patient needs bypass surgery, they might ask about getting multiple stents instead – anything to avoid the pain and recovery time of traditional bypass. But multiple stents don’t last as long as bypass surgery. And the more stents your patient has, the more likely they are to experience a failure.

Lessen Your Patient’s Pain. And Their Recovery Time.

Compared to conventional open heart surgery, here’s what your patient gets with minimally invasive CABG:

  • Less pain. No broken bones. All your patient has to heal from are three small incisions.
  • Recovery in days, not months. Most patients leave the hospital within 3 days of surgery, and can return to their normal activities in just 2 weeks.
  • Lower risk of complications. Less to recover from means better outcomes, like a lower risk of wound infections.
  • Minimal scarring. With just a few tiny incisions, your patient will enjoy little to no scarring.

Your Referral Partner for Minimally Invasive CABG

Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute is currently the busiest minimally invasive CABG center worldwide, offering the technique from an expert team led by Joseph McGinn, MD, the procedure’s inventor and pioneer.

Your patient may be a candidate for minimally invasive CABG if they:

  • Have been diagnosed with coronary artery disease
  • Had previous stenting that was unsuccessful
  • Are experiencing severe symptoms that can no longer be controlled with medication or stenting
  • Have comorbidities including severe COPD, arthritis or orthopedic problems

Referral is easy for you and your patients. Appointments are available within one week, or patients may be transferred hospital-to-hospital. We guarantee seamless communication, and our number one priority is getting your patients healthy and back in your care.

Questions? Call 704-446-2143.



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