We understand that having heart surgery can be a scary, and we are committed to giving you the information you need in order to make an informed decision. Each patient and case is unique; we will work with you to decide together which option will best meet your individual condition and lifestyle.

Beating-Heart, Off-Pump Open Chest

Traditional, Open Chest

Totally Endoscopic Bypass (TECAB)

Keeps the breastbone intact (no splitting)

NO

NO

YES

Minimally invasive approach (small incisions)

NO

NO

YES

Performed on a beating heart

YES

NO

YES

Performed with robotic assistance

NO

NO

YES

Eliminates the need for a heart-lung bypass machine

YES

NO

YES

Number of grafts

Varies

Varies

Varies

Typical length of stay in hospital

5 to 7 days

5 to 7 days

2 days

Typical recovery time

8 to 12 weeks

8 to 12 weeks

2 to 3 weeks

Factors, such as the location of blockages, the health of the patient and the patient's previous surgical history affect which surgical approach is selected. Hospital stay and recovery time may vary depending on associated risk factors.