SOURCE: OR-Live, Inc.

May 05, 2008 10:47 ET

ORLive Presents: Minimally Invasive Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

Live Webcast: From the Heart Institute of Staten Island: June 3, 2008 at 3:00 PM EDT (19:00 UTC)

STATEN ISLAND, NY--(Marketwire - May 5, 2008) - Dr. Joseph McGinn, an internationally renowned cardiothoracic surgeon, is the Medical Director of the Heart Institute of Staten Island and the Director of Cardiac Surgery at Staten Island University Hospital. Dr. McGinn is spearheading the way to a new era in CABG surgery and on June 3, 2008 at 3:00 PM EDT, Dr. McGinn will conduct a live surgical webcast of a minimally invasive coronary artery bypass surgery (MICS CABG). A leading authority and pioneer in MICS CABG, Dr. McGinn has performed more than 350 MICS CABG procedures, averaging 3-4 cases per week.

With four cardiac surgeons, completing more than 4,000 heart surgeries since its founding in 2001, The Heart Institute of Staten Island is among New York State's top medical centers performing coronary artery bypass surgery. According to the New York State Department of Health, the Institute has attained this standing while accepting higher risk patients and still has the lowest mortality rate for open-heart surgery.

Worldwide, approximately 675,000 patients require some form of coronary artery bypass surgery each year. A majority of those patients are receiving arrested heart procedures, others beating heart procedures, and a growing number are receiving minimally invasive CABG procedures.

Dr. Joseph Sabik, III, MD, FACC, FACS, Chairman of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, will moderate this surgery as Dr. McGinn utilizes technology from Medtronic to perform an 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. In order to achieve complete revascularization in this minimally invasive procedure, a hybrid approach or a pump-assisted beating heart approach is sometimes employed.

In speaking of the procedure, Dr. McGinn comments, "MICS CABG is a safe procedure with acceptable short-term results and has less procedural complexity than previous minimally invasive coronary bypass procedures. This procedure has the potential for wide acceptance from both patients and providers." The potential benefits of the MICS CABG procedure include a reduced hospital stay, faster recovery, improved cosmetic outcome, and greater patient and referring physician satisfaction.

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