Coronary occlusion using bi-directionally stretched elastic sutures during off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting.

OBJECTIVE Off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting may be partly invasive, particularly to the coronary endothelium that is snared. Efficacy of a simple technique to occlude a coronary artery with elastic sutures bi-directionally stretched just beneath the artery was evaluated. METHODS Test subjects were eighteen adult mongrel dogs weighing 20-30 kg… (More)