Between September 1998 to February 2000, 45 consecutive patients underwent robotic-assisted, video-enhanced coronary artery bypass grafting. All IMA's were harvested using the voice-activated robotic assistant (AESOP 3000, Computer Motion Inc, Santa Barbara, CA) and the Harmonic scalpel (Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Cincinnati, OH). Left IMA's were successfully harvested in all patients. Harvested IMA's were anastomosed to LAD's under direct vision through limited left anterior thoracotomy. The IMA harvest time was 57.8 +/- 23.2 min, intraoperative graft flow was 34.3 +/- 20.5 ml/min, postoperative hospital stay was 3.9 +/- 1.5 days. The early postoperative angiogram showed that all grafts were patent. There was no mortality, no significant morbidity. The robotic assisted, video enhanced CABG provides safe and complete LIMA dissection with minimal manipulation and assures sufficient LITA length for tension free anastomosis.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Kyobu geka. The Japanese journal of thoracic surgery|
|State||Published - 2001|