ISSN: 2455-2976
Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine and Cardiology
Surgical Technique       Open Access      Peer-Reviewed

MINI-OPCABG an option in Hybrid coronary revascularization

Vincenzo Cianci*, Natalia Scialacomo, Debamalya Ray and Prof. Federico Benetti

Cardiac Surgery Benetti Foundation, Rosario Argentina
*Corresponding author: Vincenzo Cianci, Cardiac Surgery Benetti Foundation, Rosario Argentina, E-mail:
Received:06 February, 2018 | Accepted: 12 March, 2018 | Published: 13 March, 2018
Keywords: Hybrid revascularization; MINI OPCAB mammary to Lad and stenting; Minimally invasive coronary surgery; Hybrid Revascularization another option

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Cianci V, Scialacomo N, Debamalya R, Benetti F (2018) MINI-OPCABG an option in Hybrid coronary revascularization. J Cardiovasc Med Cardiol 5(1): 007-009. DOI: 10.17352/2455-2976.000060


Hybrid coronary revascularization (HCR) combines minimally invasive left internal mammary artery to left anterior descending bypass with percutaneous coronary intervention of non-left anterior descending vessels. And it is feasible and appeared to be safe, with faster recovery and similar outcomes when compared with conventional CABG [1-4]. Also Hybrid coronary revascularization is a viable option to perform a minimally invasive, functionally complete revascularization in high-risk patients instead of conventional revascularization [5], robotic-assisted LITA harvesting and a small left anterior thoracotomy survival, freedom from angina and freedom from revascularization also appear favorable at the 5-year clinical follow-up [6]. Closed chest hybrid revascularization is another although more complex option [7].

The variability in hybrid coronary revascularization techniques makes it difficult to draw firm conclusions from the currently evidences in terms of cost /effective strategy and a technique easy to reproduce, The hybrid strategy using MINI-OPCAB appears to be a promising and cost-effective alternative for CABG in the treatment of multi vessel coronary artery disease .

We describe our initial experience in hybrid coronary revascularization using MINI-OPCAB technique and we point out about methodology used [8,9].

Material and Method

From 1990 to 2017 58 patients received Hybrid coronary treatment in ours Institutions with different surgical off pump approaches, Sternotomy, Limited no opening Sternotomy, MIDCAB and MINI OPCAB. Ten patients were treated with hybrid revascularization, using MINIOPCABG technique, the average age was 71 ±4.8, two patients had left main and right coronary lesion, four patient three vessels disease and four patients had two vessel disease. The average Euroscore II was 7.60% (range 0.33-19.34), the average SYNTAX score was 35.2 (range33-43). Every patient received Lima to Lad with MINIOPCABG, Four patients received circumflex and right coronary artery stenting, another three patients’ only right coronary stenting, three patients’ only circumflex stenting. The whole procedure which included Surgery (MINI-OPCABG) and Percutaneous Coronary Intervension (PCI) with Drug Elluting Stent (DES with Evorlimus) as a single stage procedure.

Pre-operative and operative characteristics are illustrated in table 1.

Surgical Technique

A skin incision is made from the xiphoid up to the level between the fourth and third intercostal space (Figure 1). The hemi-sternum is opened and the left table is lifted to dissect the left mammary artery (LIMA) (Figure 2) The LIMA was dissected up to the third intercostal space and skeletonized. The angle of the superior part where the LIMA is attached to the sternum needs to be below 20 degrees to avoid any potential kinking (Figure 3) The pericardium is open from the left border of the pulmonary artery down to the apex of the heart In most of the cases you see directly the LAD, in this moment you measure the distance of the mammary to avoid any kinking (Figure 4), two stitches about 2 cm deep in the left border of the pericardium are placed with a distance of 5 to 7 cm for better exposure of the Left Anterior Descending (LAD) artery (Figure 5). The retractor is change on the anastomosis is performed with a mechanical stabilizer with the opening part towards the head of the patient to avoid any problem of damaging the graft. The stenting were done in different time frames our actual tendency like in the last 5 patients we performed the complete revascularization in single stage after LIMA to LAD, under general anaestesia we infused from the nasogastric tube, clopidogrel (300mg) and didn’t revert the Heparin (1,5mg /KG), and with chest open non LAD vessel was stented after angiographic control of the mammary anastomosis (Figure 5).


No thirty day mortality was reported in our series. All patients completed hybrid procedure and there wasn’t any conversion to full sternotomy. Mean intubation time was 1.5 ±3.2 hrs and length of hospital stay was 3.2±1.2 days, two patients received packed RBC (red blood cells) transfusion, hospital MACCE was 0%. During PCI procedure angiographic evaluation LIMA grafting was routinely performed and LIMA patency rate was 100% at one year follow up freedom from MACCE was 100%.


In 1997 we performed for the first time in the world an ambulatory coronary surgery using the xiphoid approach. We modified this technique opening a small distal part of sternum and we call this technique MINI-OPCABG. The potential advantage of the MINI OPCABG versus MIDCABG operation is:

1) MINI OPCABG operation is easy to convert to full sternotomy.

2) Post operatively patients had less painful based on a patient scoring system of rating between 0-10.

3) A potential quicker recovery time.

4) Reduction of hospital cost for the combined procedure by 27% and a reduction in in-patient stay costs by 22%.

The introduction of DES with lower rates of restenosis and better clinical outcomes may make hybrid coronary revascularization a more sustainable and feasible option than previously reported. Nevertheless, this hybrid approach has not been widely adopted because practical and logistical concerns have been expressed. These concerns implicate the need for close cooperation between surgeon and interventional cardiologist, logistical issues regarding sequencing and timing of the procedures and the use of aggressive antiplatelet therapy for DES can be minimised. We believe that with MINI-OPCABG can solve these issues because this surgical technique reduces the surgical trauma without opening pleural space with less discomfort for the patient, moreover the partial dissection of LIMA reduces the risk of post-operative bleeding.

The HCR procedure was associated with short hospital stays (including ICU stay and intubation time), low MACCE and 30-day mortality rate, low PRBC transfusion requirements. This study has limitations because it was based on the retrospective design, moreover patients for one stop hybrid coronary revascularization were also carefully selected and our good results should be interpreted with caution. However there is a small sample size and long term follow-up and randomized multicenter trial comparing one stop hybrid revascularization with MINI-OPCABG with conventional CABG will be needed.

These favorable preliminary findings warrant further investigation.

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