A coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) is a surgical procedure used to treat coronary heart disease. It diverts blood around narrowed or clogged parts of the major arteries to improve blood flow and oxygen supply to the heart. But while standard CABG surgery works very well to improve blood flow to the heart. But the procedure is very invasive to the body. Because it is so invasive, the procedure can cause several complications.
Minimally invasive CABG surgery is different from the standard CABG surgery. During a standard CABG procedure, the heart is stopped and connected to a heart-lung bypass machine. Beating-heart surgery (BHS) is minimally invasive and unique. That’s because the procedure is performed while the heart is still beating. A heart-lung bypass machine is not needed.
Minimally invasive CABG isn’t available everywhere. In India, the cost of a minimally invasive CABG is around USD 3,990 – USD 5,319. Patients who have undergone a minimally invasive cardiac procedure are usually able to resume most or all of their normal within two to four weeks after their surgery.