Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) is a surgery which purpose is to restore the normal blood supply to the heart, by bypassing the obstructed artery. It is performed to relieve angina, when normal anti-ischaemic treatment is no longer sufficient and also to prevent or relieve left ventricular dysfunction, reducing the risk of sudden death. Typically, the surgery is performed with the access through the sternotomy, which is the main reason for the long postoperative recovery and strong pain, therefore new techniques, are still in development.
In the video presented above, dr Francis Sutter presents a robotic coronary artery bypass graft surgery, performed by using the left internal mammary artery. Video by Francis Sutter, MD.