What is the usual incision used 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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The usual incision for coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is a midline sternotomy (see the image below), although an anterior thoracotomy for bypass of the left anterior descending (LAD) artery or a lateral thoracotomy for marginal vessels may be used when an off-pump procedure is being performed.

Illustration of a median sternotomy. Illustration of a median sternotomy.

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