Dr. Craig Smith - Who Is a Candidate for Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass?

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Whether you are a candidate for off-pump bypass has something to do with your anatomy and the characteristics of your particular coronary disease but it has perhaps more to do with your surgeon and his technical preferences. There is nothing wrong with doing three or four or five coronary bypasses on-pump, if that's the way your surgeon feels he does it best, and they are is equally nothing wrong with having that done off-pump if that's the way your surgeon prefers to do the operation and feels this is the best way to do it.

It would be a mistake to persuade a surgeon who believes in on pump surgery do your operation off-pump or vice versa. It has very much to do with the surgeons belief in the technique and his dedication developing it.