Off-Pump Beating Heart Open Heart Surgery

At SOMC, our cardiothoracic surgeons perform many of their heart surgeries without using cardiopulmonary bypass. This sophisticated surgical technique is called off-pump bypass or “beating heart” surgery.

Off-pump open heart surgery or coronary artery bypass does not utilize the traditional cardiopulmonary bypass machine. Technological advances and specialized surgical equipment allows the cardiothoracic surgeon to stabilize certain areas of the heart so that they can bypass the blocked artery while the rest of the heart continues to beat and circulate blood and oxygen to the rest of the body.

Off-pump or Beating Heart Surgery is performed approximately 75% of the time at Southern Ohio Medical Center as compared to approximately 20% of the time throughout the rest of the country. Off-pump surgery can be ideal for certain patients who are at increased risk for open heart surgery, such as those patients with a prior stroke, pulmonary disease, renal disease, or profuse vascular disease in the aorta or carotid arteries. Studies conclude that off-pump bypass surgery produces better outcomes for patients.

 

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