Off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting: Exposure, stabilization, and strategy

Antonio Maria Calafiore, Gianni D. Angelini, Michele Di Mauro, Alberto Repossini, Jessica Gonzalez, Natalia Scialacomo, Federico Benetti, Tomas A. Salerno

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Off-pump coronary artery bypass (OPCAB), either via median sternotomy or via left anterior small thoracotomy, can now be accomplished with the help of the newly manufactured stabilization devices from diverse companies. Furthermore, heart positioners have evolved and provide cardiac tissue capture through gentle vacuum compression on the apex, enabling elevation of the heart with preserved hemodynamics. We present our experience in exposure and stabilization during OPCAB operations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTechnical Aspects of Modern Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780128203484
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Beating heart
  • Coronary artery bypass
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Off-pump

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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