What is the patient positioning for coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG)?

Updated: Dec 04, 2019
  • Author: Rohit Shahani, MD, MS, MCh; Chief Editor: Karlheinz Peter, MD, PhD  more...
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For a standard sternotomy, the anterior thorax is exposed with the patient in a supine position. A roll is placed in the interscapular region to improve access to the sternum by extending the neck and elevating the sternal notch. Usually the sterile field extends from the chin to the toes to include the sternotomy incision as well as access to the saphenous veins for harvesting as a conduit. If the radial artery is being used as a conduit, the appropriate arm is also prepped into the sterile field.

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