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Mastering the Learning Curve for Robotic-Assisted Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

Friday, April 28, 2023

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Source Name: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery


Amalia Jonsson, Jose Binongo, Parth Patel, Yanan Wang, Vanessa Garner, Delki Mitchell-Cooks, Michael E. Halkos

In this single-center expert series of 1000 robotic-assisted left internal mammary artery harvest and off-pump anastomosis to the left anterior descending coronary artery through a 4 cm thoracotomy, 30 day mortality was 0.6 percent, stroke occurred in 5 patients (5 percent), and postoperative graft patency was 97.2 percent (491 of 505). The authors report that between 250 and 500 cases were required to acquire “mastery.”

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