For those with severe coronary artery disease surgery may be necessary to improve blood flow to the heart. Traditionally, coronary artery bypass graft surgery is used to restore blood flow around the blocked artery. This surgery involves a large incision in the chest and the use of a heart-lung machine, which is used during open heart surgery to support the body while the heart is stopped.

Minimally Invasive Direct Coronary Artery Bypass (MIDCAB) provides an alternative option for patients that are looking for a less invasive procedure. MIDCAB uses small incisions and is a beating heart surgery, meaning the use of a heart-lung machine is unnecessary. The MIDCAB also repairs blood flow, but because of the less invasive nature of the surgery patients have a shorter stay in the hospital, as well as a quicker recovery.

A successful MIDCAB procedures requires an experienced surgeon. Here at Penn Medicine, are one of the region’s leaders in MIDCAB. The decision to have a MIDCAB procedure depends on a number of variables, including your health and severity of the blockage, so it’s important to discuss all your options with your heart care team. They can find the option that is best for you.

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