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World’s First Triple Bypass Surgery and Aortic Valve Replacement Carried Out Simultaneously Using Pioneering Minimally Invasive Technique

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Fred Yeager
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For Immediate Release



[Staten Island NY, March 2, 2010] – The Heart Institute, is announcing that it has just performed its 500th successful minimally invasive cardiac surgery/coronary artery bypass grafting (MICS CABG). The Heart Institute is the only hospital to perform this innovative procedure in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tri-state area.

“Our minimally invasive cardiac surgery/coronary artery bypass procedure is a ground breaking technique,” said Joseph T. McGinn, MD, Medical Director of The Heart Institute “that reduces pain, lowers the risk of wound infection, and minimizes scarring for an improved cosmetic outcome. Worldwide, approximately 675,000 patients require some form of coronary artery bypass surgery each year.”, 1

MICS CABG is different than traditional bypass surgery, in that, it is performed through three small incisions, rather than the typical sternotomy incision. In addition, it is performed without having to break the ribs or the breastbone. Major benefits of this advanced procedure include less pain, lower risk of wound infection and minimized scarring for an improved cosmetic outcome. Most patients leave the hospital within two to three days and resume normal activities within a couple of weeks. 2, 3, 4

The Heart Institute is also announcing today that Dr. McGinn is using for the first time the Octopus Nuvo®, the Medtronic stabilization and positioning device during his 500th MICS CABG case. The Octopus Nuvo® is a positioning and stabilizing device used during the off-pump, multi-vessel CABG procedure in which the internal mammary artery harvest and the anastomoses are performed under direct vision through a lateral mini-thoracotomy. Complete revascularization is achieved in this sternal sparing procedure.

ABOUT THE HEART INSTITUTE From pioneering techniques in heart surgery and angioplasties, to the most advanced diagnostic technologies, postsurgical outpatient care and prevention programs, The Heart Institute ranks among the nation’s leading heart hospitals. Procedures include coronary bypass operations, heart valve replacements, angioplasty and cardiac catheterizations. Opened in 2001, The Heart Institute is jointly operated by Staten Island University Hospital and Richmond University Medical Center.

1 Health Research International contract research for global revascularization, heart valve and surgical AF ablation procedures, October 17, 2008.

2 Puskas J, Cheng D, Knight J, Angelini G, DeCannier A, Dullum M, Martin J, Ochi M, Patel N, Sim E, Trehan N, Zamvar V. Off-pump versus conventional coronary artery bypass grafting: a meta-analysis and consensus statement from the 2004 ISMICS Consensus Conference. Innovations. 2005; 1: 3-27.

3 Mack MJ, Brown P, Houser F, Katz M, Kugelmass A, Simon A , Battaglia S, Tarkingon L, Culler S, Becker E. On-pump versus off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery in a matched sample outcome of women. A comparison of outcomes. Circulation. 2004; 110, (suppl II):II-1-II-6.

4 Subramanian VA, Patel NU, Patel NC, Loulmet DF. Robotic assisted multivessel MidCAB with port-access stabilization and cardiac positioning: paving way for outpatient in CABG? Abstract submitted at the Society of Thoracic Surgeons meeting, San Antonio, TX January 25-28, 2004.