What is the hybrid technique in 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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Advances in surgical techniques and introduction of drug-eluting stents have provided a platform for a hybrid combined strategy that involves grafting the left anterior descending artery with the left internal thoracic (mammary) artery and then stenting the other coronary territories with drug-eluting stents instead of bypassing them with saphenous vein grafts.

Although preliminary data indicate that such a hybrid strategy may be a reasonable alternative for some patients with multivessel coronary artery disease, the real clinical utility of this approach will not be known until results of randomized clinical trials are available.


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