Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
In the past, when patients require Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery, doctors conduct the surgery by first cutting the sternum to divide the rib cage to expose the heart for surgery. Minimal Invasive Coronary Bypass Surgery (MICS CABG or MICAS) technology makes it possible to perform the operation without cutting through the sternum. Over 400 patients have been treated using MICAS at Apollo Hospitals.
During a MICAS procedure, the heart is accessed through the side of the chest by the surgeon making a small 4 centimetres incision and split the intercostal muscles without harming the sternum. MICAS offer many benefits including a shorter recovery, less pain, and blood loss. Consequently, the risk of infection is significantly minimised, and the procedure itself takes less time than traditional bypass surgery.
Minimally Invasive procedures apply to many types of surgery. It is considered one of the safest ways to treat coronary artery occlusion.