European Surgery

, Volume 43, Issue 4, pp 195–197 | Cite as

Robotically assisted minimal invasive and endoscopic coronary bypass surgery

  • T. Schachner
  • N. Bonaros
  • D. Wiedemann
  • E. J. Lehr
  • F. Weidinger
  • G. Friedrich
  • D. Zimrin
  • J. Bonatti
Main Topic

Summary

BACKGROUND: Minimal invasive coronary surgery as compared with classical coronary artery bypass (CABG) avoids sternotomy. The least invasive procedure is totally endoscopic CABG (TECAB) METHODS: For this review we discussed the current literature and included our own experience at Innsbruck Medical University, Austria and University of Maryland, USA. RESULTS: Minimal invasive and endoscopic CABGs are complex and sometimes time-consuming operations which currently restrict them to dedicated centers. However, increased postoperative quality of life and earlier return to physical activities are benefits for the patients. CONCLUSIONS: Minimal invasive and endoscopic techniques can be offered in coronary bypass surgery with good early and long-term results.

Keywords

Totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass surgery Da Vinci Robot TECAB Coronary 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Schachner
    • 1
  • N. Bonaros
    • 1
  • D. Wiedemann
    • 1
  • E. J. Lehr
    • 2
  • F. Weidinger
    • 1
  • G. Friedrich
    • 3
  • D. Zimrin
    • 4
  • J. Bonatti
    • 2
  1. 1.University Clinic of Cardiac SurgeryInnsbruck Medical UniversityInnsbruckAustria
  2. 2.Division of Cardiac Surgery, Department of SurgeryUniversity of MarylandBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.Division of CardiologyInnsbruck Medical UniversityInnsbruckAustria
  4. 4.Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal MedicineUniversity of MarylandBaltimoreUSA

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