28 October 2014
A new study has suggested that robotically assisted coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) can reduce the risk of complications, as well as cutting down recovery time. This is according to research presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, which also found this method was able to limit the need for blood products.
Dr Richard Cook, cardiac surgeon and researcher from the University of British Columbia, said robotically assisted CABG is both safe and effective when used in the right patients. He added that the method is less invasive and traumatic for the patient and has been associated with an "extremely low mortality rate".
For CABG, or bypass surgery, a surgeon uses a section of vein - usually from the leg - or an artery from inside the patient's chest to build a new route for blood to reach the heart. This improves blood flow to the heart, which is usually caused by an accumulation of plaque in the coronary arteries (atherosclerosis).
The robot offers several technical advantages to surgeons including a magnified 3D view of the patient's heart, as well as removing the risk of tremors to enable more precise incisions.
Posted by Philip Briggs
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