Does off-pump coronary revascularization reduce mortality in re-operative coronary artery surgery? A meta-analysis of observational studies.

BACKGROUND Re-operative coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is a challenging operation that is often performed in a high-risk patient group. Avoiding cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) in these patients is hypothesised to be advantageous due to the reduced invasiveness and physiological stress of off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (OPCAB). The aims of… CONTINUE READING