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Supporting your choice of surgical therapies for your patients with coronary artery disease (CAD).
Since 1997, more than 2 million hearts kept beating during cardiac surgery because of off-pump coronary artery bypass (OPCAB). OPCAB is a coronary artery revascularization that is performed on a beating heart. Many cardiac surgeons have chosen OPCAB over conventional arrested heart surgery for its many clinical benefits for eligible patients.
OPCAB has been clinically shown to be less invasive than conventional arrested-heart surgery. This technique, which reduces many of the negative effects associated with going on-pump, can be accomplished with the Medtronic Octopus™ technologies, which have enabled many cardiac surgeons to perform more OPCAB procedures.
The OPCAB procedure is effective for many cardiac patients, but not all. Clinical data suggests OPCAB may be an effective alternative for high-risk patients and women.3
Prior to the introduction of cardiopulmonary (CPB), it was common for cardiac surgeons to perform CABG procedures on a beating heart. However, the emergence of CPB and methods of myocardial protection revolutionized CABG procedures by providing a bloodless, motionless heart. While CPB is still the gold standard for many patients, studies suggest performing beating heart surgery to treat coronary artery disease may provide superior outcomes in certain patient populations3
More than 20 years ago, when we introduced the Octopus™ tissue stabilizers for OPCAB, it changed the way cardiac surgeons could perform beating heart surgeries. For the first time, epicardial tissue could be stabilized using vacuum-assisted technology, making direct visualization possible and completing anastomoses easier. Today, tissue stabilizers are seen as standard for beating heart therapies.
We continue to offer the innovative technologies that help you perform OPCAB procedures. These include the Medtronic Octopus™ Evolutions AS tissue stabilizer and Starfish™ Evo heart positioner, and OctoBase™ sternal retractor. These devices are shown here as positioned in the chest during an OPCAB procedure.
Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass (OPCAB) procedures are becoming more mainstream today. As the patient population changes, so do the demands on you, the cardiac surgeon. That’s why Medtronic is committed to supporting OPCAB. Together — with your skilled knowledge and our enabling technologies — we can deliver the right therapies for each individual patient with coronary artery disease (CAD).
Learn new beating heart skills and gain hands-on experience with technologies that may be new to you. We offer a full range of training programs. Contact us to learn more.
Medtronic Data on File
Puskas J, Cheng D, Knight J, et al. Off-pump versus conventional coronary artery bypass grafting: a meta-analysis and consensus statement from the 2004 ISMICS Consensus Conference. Innovations. 2005; 1: 3-27.
Puskas J, Thourani V, Kilgo P, et al. Off-pump coronary artery bypass disproportionately benefits high-risk patients. Ann Thorac Surg. 2009;88:1142-7.
Mack MJ, Brown P, Houser F, et al. On-pump versus off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery in a matched sample outcome of women. A comparison of outcomes. Circulation. 2004; 110, (suppl II):II-1-II-6.
Reston JT, Tregear SJ, Turkelson cm. Meta-analysis of short-term and mid-term outcomes following off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting. Ann Thorac Surg. 2003; 76:1510-15.
Cheng DC, Bainbridge D, Martin JE, Novick RJ; The Evidence-based Perioperative Outcomes Research Group. Does off-pump coronary artery bypass reduce mortality, morbidity, and resource utilization when compared with conventional coronary artery bypass? A meta-analysis of randomized trials. Anesthesiology. 2005; 102:188-203.
Singh A, Mehta Y. Intraoperative aortic dissection. Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia. 2015;18(4):537-542. doi:10.4103/0971-9784.166463.
Not all patients are candidates for beating heart procedures. Some patients would require cardiopulmonary support during surgery. Caution: Federal law (USA) restricts this device to sale by or on the order of a physician. For a listing of indications, contraindications, precautions and warnings, please refer to the Instructions for Use.