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Published in "Front Lines of Thoracic Surgery", Edited by Stefano Nazari, ISBN 978-953-307-915-8, Published: February 3, 2012 under CC BY 3.0 license

Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) using cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) and
cardioplegic arrest has been performed safely over several decades. Cardiac surgery under
cardiac arrest provides a bloodless stable operative field, that can facilitate anastomosis. In
last decade, CABG without CPB, off-pump CABG (OPCAB) has become more common with
advances in surgical instruments and technique. This chapter summarizes the surgical
technique, risks and benefits of OPCAB.

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