Robo MidCAB: Da Vinci harvest of LIMA and MIDCAB anastomosis.

Minimally Invasive Coronary Bypass Grafting

Da Vinci robotic mammary harvest (LIMA) and off-pump grafting to the LAD with vessel imaging with US and flow measurements finally combine the advantage of LIMA-LAD grafting with a minimally invasive approach and open up the possibilities of hybrid revascularisation.

Having spent the last decade pursuing the “holy grail” of all arterial an-aortic off-pump coronary bypass grafting it is gratifying to see these ideals reflected in the recent European guidelines for revascularisation (see table below). Our Network meta-analysis of the influence of aortic manipulation on stroke has been used to generate a Class 1 Level of evidence B indication for an-aortic surgery.  Our results for over 250 CAGS using these surgical principals are similarly impressive. There were no deaths and only one CVA (0.4%). Similarly the following benchmarks were world class: 99% all arterial revascularisation, 88% off-pump grafting, 97% LIMA usage, 73% RIMA usage  and 64% had a Radial artery used. Only 1% of patients had a saphenous vein graft.

View the full review here.

I have personally extended these principals into minimally invasive surgery with over 60 cases of Da Vinci robotic mammary harvest and minithoracotomy LIMA to LAD anastomosis with “Medistim” confirmation of good anastomotic flow. There have been no emergency conversions for haemodynamic instability. The potential to perform multivessel arterial revascularisation without sternotomy with the use of hybrid strategies is finally being realised.

View a robotic assisted midcab HERE.


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Written by Michael Wilson
Professor Michael Wilson is a leading cardiothoracic surgeon with clinical appointments at Macquarie University Hospital, Mater Hospital, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, Northern Beaches Hospital and John Flynn Hospital Gold Coast. Professor Wilson has a special interest in the utilisation of emerging technologies and minimally invasive techniques to deal with complex heart and lung surgical problems. He holds an academic appointment at Macquarie University and has extensive experience in clinical and basic science research.
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