Patients who cannot be treated with catheter techniques or for whom this treatment is insufficient, will undergo a C
Depending on their age and other potential risk factors, such as a limited lung function and even diabetes, the surgeon will use artery grafts as much as possible. These will be taken from the chest or (more frequently) from the patient's left arm. Where necessary an artery graft will be removed from the patient's lower limb (exceptionally: thigh). This operation is carried out with or without the heart-lung machine.
Here too we make use of minimally invasive surgery. Some patients will undergo one or more bypasses through a small incision on the left side of their chest. A robot or camera is used to remove the artery grafts from the inside of the chest. This technique is becoming increasingly popular, in combination with catheter techniques.<Top>