Currently, ThoraCAB is an option for most people who require coronary bypass surgery--including people who need as many as six or more grafts, and those who have had coronary bypass surgery in the past.
However, not all people are candidates for ThoraCAB. Surgeons must review medical records and images of the heart's arteries to determine if ThoraCAB is a suitable approach.
Ultimately, many factors are taken into consideration when surgeons select the best coronary artery bypass surgery approach for each patient. Even if ThoraCAB is not an option, surgeons can frequently offer other coronary bypass solutions that provide benefits over the traditional approach, such as off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery using a sternal incision.
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