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Published on August 10, 2017

Dr. Rabindra

MICS hybrid heart surgeries offer more options

Gundersen Health System heart surgeon Prem Rabindra, MD, FACS, is a pioneer in the use of minimally invasive coronary surgery (MICS). In fact Dr. Rabindra is world renowned and has trained surgeons around the world on the MICS procedure.

Dr. Rabindra began performing MICS at Gundersen in 2009 and since then he has performed more than 400 MICS procedures. He was among the first in this country to use minimally invasive surgical techniques for coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and is still among an elite group of cardiothoracic surgeons to perform MICS-CABG on multiple vessels (up to quadruple bypass).

Dr. Rabindra is also among the few offering hybrid MICS procedures such as:

  • Heart bypass in the same procedure as another procedure, such as heart valve repair
  • Heart bypass in conjunction with a non-surgical procedure such as angioplasty with stent, on a different area of the heart

According to Dr. Rabindra, "I often work with my colleagues in cardiology or consult with the Heart Team. Together we can address multiple heart problems using different solutions. This is particularly important for patients with complex medical conditions. We can generally offer less invasive treatments, avoiding open heart surgery, or if a patient doesn't qualify for surgery we may be able to offer a non-surgical procedure."

While there are advantages to MICS, it is not right for every patient. On the flip-side, you may be a candidate for MICS—especially when multiple bypasses are needed—if you have been turned down or at high risk for traditional surgery. Because surgery and recovery from MICS is less stressful on the body, MICS may be a good alternative.

If you might benefit from MICS-CABG or a MICS hybrid procedure, talk with your cardiologist or primary care provider about a referral to see if you are a candidate. You can also call (608) 775-2335 or (800) 362-9567, ext. 52335 and talk with a member of the Cardiology team.

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