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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2013 Aug 15. [Epub ahead of print]

Single-stage hybrid coronary revascularization with long-term follow-up. 

Adams C, Burns DJ, Chu MW, Jones PM, Shridar K, Teefy P, Kostuk WJ, Dobkowski WB, Romsa J, Kiaii B.



Hybrid coronary revascularization, performing a left internal thoracic artery (LITA) to left anterior descending (LAD) bypass followed by percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in a non-LAD coronary artery lesion, represents an evolving revascularization strategy. It utilizes the survival benefit of the LITA-to-LAD bypass, while providing completerevascularization with PCI to a non-critical vessel to decrease procedural morbidity. However, quantitative patency results and clinical outcomes remain understudied. The objective of this study was to assess clinical follow-up and graft and stent patency at 6 months and 5 years in a single-stage hybrid revascularization population.


From 2004 to 2012, a total of 96 patients (64 ± 12 years; 70 males and 26 females) consented to robotic-assisted LITA harvesting and a small left anterior thoracotomy for off-pump coronary artery bypass anastomosis onto the LAD. This was followed immediately by PCI in a non-LAD vessel in the same fluoroscopy-equipped hybrid operating room. Patients underwent a yearly clinical follow-up and a protocol-directed assessment of graft patency via a coronary angiogram at 6 months and cardiac computed tomography (CT) angiography with single-photon emission computed tomography myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS) at 5 years.


Successful single-stage hybrid revascularization occurred in 94 of the 96 patients (2 patients required intraoperative conversion to conventional coronary bypass). Six-month protocol coronary angiogram follow-up has been performed in 85 patients. Fitzgibbon Grade A or B LITA-to-LAD patency at 6-month follow-up was 94% in those studied. A total of 105 stents were deployed (89 drug-eluting stents (DES) and 16 bare metal), and at 6-month follow-up in 85 patients, 79 stents were widely patent; 8 had in-stent restenosis, and 2 were completely occluded. To date, 19 patients have undergone 5-year coronary CT angiography and MPS. The LITA-to-LAD anastomosis was patent in 17 of the 19 patients. Of the 19 lesions in which PCI was performed, 17 were widely patent, while 2 circumflex DES were occluded. Five-year clinical outcome demonstrated 91% survival, 94% freedom from angina and 87% freedom from any form of coronaryrevascularization.


A single-stage hybrid revascularization strategy appears to have acceptable 6-month and angiographic patency results for both LITA-LAD grafts and PCI interventions. Survival, freedom from angina and freedom fromrevascularization also appear favourable at the 5-year clinical follow-up.


Coronary disease, Minimally invasive surgery

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