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Totally Endoscopic Coronary Artery Bypass (TECAB) Surgery

Totally Endoscopic Coronary Artery Bypass (TECAB) Surgery Totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass (TECAB) surgery is a closed-chest procedure. It is a breakthrough in performing coronary bypass procedure, provides faster recovery and less risk. TECAB is performed through tiny fingertip-size slits. The heart continues to beat during the entire surgery, and no heart-lung bypass machine is required. This reduces the risks for neurological complications and stroke. When the patient recovers ( only one to three days stay in the hospital is required), only a few small scars remain.

How Totally Endoscopic Coronary Artery Bypass is done?

  • 1. The cardiac surgeon makes very tiny incisions.
  • 2. An advanced da Vinci robot robotic tool with narrow arms and very precise movements is used in the procedure
  • 3. The robotic arms allow the suregon to enter through the side of the chest.
  • 4. The suregon uses ports to pass materials into the chest.
  • 5. The internal mammary artery (most durable vessels in the body) is prepared by placing clamps and then partially cut open.
  • 6. U-clips are placed in the artery, and a stabilizer is placed over the beating heart to minimize movement.
  • 7. The coronary artery is temporarily closed.
  • 8.The mammary artery is then brought to the heart, where it is attached to the coronary artery.
  • 9.The sewing is completed, creating a new bypass.
  • 10.The obstructions are released, and a special Doppler probe measures the flow of the newlyformed bypass to determine the success of the procedure.

Comparison of Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery Approaches

Source: University of Chicago Medical Center
  TECAB ThoraCAB Beating-Heart, Off-Pump Open Chest Traditional, Open Chest

Keeps the breastbone intact (no splitting)

YES

YES

NO

NO

Avoids spreading the ribs

YES

NO

NO

NO

Minimally invasive approach (small incisions)

YES, 4 to 5 small, fingertip-size incisions

YES, 3- to 5-inch incision at side of chest

NO

NO

Performed on a beating heart

YES

YES

YES

NO

Performed with robotic assistance

YES

YES, typically

NO

NO

Eliminates the need for a heart-lung bypass machine

YES

YES

YES

NO

Number of grafts

Up to 3, can be 5 with hybrid approach

Any

Any

Any

Typical length of stay in hospital

1 to 3 days

2 to 4 days

5 to 7 days

5 to 7 days

Typical recovery time

1 week

1 week to 10 days

4 to 8 weeks

4 to 8 weeks

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