Initial experience with internal mammary artery harvesting with the da Vinci Surgical System for minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass

@article{Fujita2013InitialEW,
  title={Initial experience with internal mammary artery harvesting with the da Vinci Surgical System for minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass},
  author={Tomoyuki Fujita and Hiroki Hata and Yusuke Shimahara and Shunsuke Sato and Junjiro Kobayashi},
  journal={Surgery Today},
  year={2013},
  volume={44},
  pages={2281-2286}
}
We evaluated the feasibility of off-pump minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass (MIDCAB) in combination with robotic harvesting of the left internal mammary artery (LIMA). Since 2004, 33 patients [average age, 64 years; 27 males (82 %)] have undergone MIDCAB with robotic LIMA harvesting performed through the fourth or fifth intercostal space with guidance by enhanced computed tomography (CT). No deaths or major adverse cardiac events occurred. Robotic LIMA harvesting was completed in… CONTINUE READING

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