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Heart Surg Forum. 2009 Jun;12(3):E147-9. doi: 10.1532/HSF98.20091042.

Establishing the case for minimally invasive, robotic-assisted CABG in the treatment of multivessel coronary artery disease.

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  • 1Division of Cardiac Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA 02118, USA.


The purpose of this review is to outline the most common objections about robotic coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), often expressed by cardiac surgeons, cardiologists, and administrators who have little direct knowledge of the procedure. The summarized objections include the high intraoperative costs of robotic versus traditional CABG, a prolonged and difficult learning curve for members of the surgical team, and concerns about compromising graft patency with this technique. Arguments for continued procedure development in robotically assisted CABG are provided.

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