Off-Pump Bypass (Beating Heart) Surgery

An open heart surgery is performed with the heart stopped while a heart-lung machine (pump) is connected to the body. In effect, the pump takes over the heart’s function during surgery. Although the national average in the USA for off-pump coronary artery bypass surgeries is 10-15 percent, Dr. Miguel Gomez, founder of The International Robotic Surgery Center for the Heart and Chest in Houston, Texas, performs ninety-nine percent of bypass surgeries off-pump using a state-of-the-art technology that allows him to stabilize the heart, immobilizing the damaged part so that the heart can continue to beat unaided.

The benefits his patients experience with the off-pump beating heart bypass surgery technique are: less trauma, fewer infections and lower risk of complications such as stroke, fluid retention and bleeding. Patients who undergo off-pump surgery tend to recover much more quickly. Research published in The American College of Cardiology, shows that off-pump bypass surgery is much safer for high-risk patients than on-pump surgery.

If you or someone you love requires cardiothoracic surgery, contact us to learn more about the benefits of off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery.

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