Off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery: physiology and anaesthetic management.

  title={Off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery: physiology and anaesthetic management.},
  author={P Chassot and Petra van der Linden and Michael Zaugg and Xavier M. Mueller and Donat R Spahn},
  journal={British journal of anaesthesia},
  volume={92 3},
Increasing interest is being shown in beating heart (off-pump) coronary artery surgery (OPCAB) because, compared with operations performed with cardiopulmonary bypass, OPCAB surgery may be associated with decreased postoperative morbidity and reduced total costs. Its appears to produce better results than conventional surgery in high-risk patient populations, elderly patients, and those with compromised cardiac function or coagulation disorders. Recent improvements in the technique have… CONTINUE READING


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