PRESS A minimally invasive cardiac surgery, with robotic assistance

The Hindu Newspaper writes about doctors at Apollo Hospitals who performed a minimally invasive robotic hybrid revascularisation surgery to treat blockages in two major blood vessels of a 63-year-old patient. The procedure was a combination of minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery with robotic assistance, followed by a stenting procedure. This, according to M.M. Yusuf, cardiothoracic surgeon, Apollo Hospitals, did away with the need for splitting the chest bone. J. Malliga, a diabetic, was brought to the hospital on February 18 with chest pain. Doctors found that she had blocks in two of the three major blood vessels.

Dr. Yusuf performed the minimally invasive CABG using a robot under the guidance of Frank Van Praet, director of Robotic and Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery, OLV Hospital, Belgium. This allowed the surgeon to work on a beating heart through a small chest incision without having to split the chest bone.

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