Awake coronary artery bypass grafting under thoracic epidural anesthesia: great impact on off-pump coronary revascularization and fast-track recovery.

@article{Watanabe2011AwakeCA,
  title={Awake coronary artery bypass grafting under thoracic epidural anesthesia: great impact on off-pump coronary revascularization and fast-track recovery.},
  author={Go Watanabe and Shigeyuki Tomita and Shohjiro Yamaguchi and Noriyoshi Yashiki},
  journal={European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery : official journal of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery},
  year={2011},
  volume={40 4},
  pages={
          788-93
        }
}
OBJECTIVE The ultimate goal of minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is day surgery. We evaluated the potential of a new awake CABG protocol using only epidural anesthesia in realizing day surgery. METHODS Seventy-two patients who underwent awake off-pump CABG (OPCAB) in our institute from March 2003 were studied. One day before surgery, an epidural catheter was placed at the Th1-2 interspace. On the day of surgery, local anesthetics were delivered via the catheter to… CONTINUE READING
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