At Yale-New Haven, we offer the most advanced and modern coronary bypass procedures including extensive use of multiple arterial conduits and minimally invasive approaches. Whenever possible, CABG surgery at Yale-New Haven is performed using minimally invasive techniques.
Our staff is experienced with all minimally invasive techniques, including MID-CAB minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass surgery, port-access or "keyhole" surgery, and robotic surgery. We also offer off-pump, or beating-heart, surgery.
Off-pump bypass surgery offers many benefits, including a reduced need for blood transfusions; less risk of bleeding, stroke, and kidney failure, and reduced chance of nerve damage. Hospital stays are shorter, and patients can make a quicker return to day-to-day activities.
Yale-New Haven was one of a small number of centers worldwide that demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of coronary bypass for patients with impaired hearts; previously, it had been felt that weak hearts could not withstand or benefit the the bypass operation. Now, following that ground-breaking work of the 1980s and 1990s, bypass for impaired hearts is accepted worldwide.