New Stabilizer and Positioner System Launched


February 7, 2011

The Acrobat-i Stabilizer and Positioner System, by Maquet Cardiovascular, is used in performing off- pump coronary artery bypass (OPCAB) procedures on coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) patients. It has a significantly lower profile design and tubing management features that allow increased access to and visibility of the surgical field.

It features a 180-degree side-to-side range of motion and has the ability to vertically drop into the chest cavity. Also, its maneuverability and arm strength help cardiovascular surgeons gain better access and control for hard-to-reach vessels during CABG surgery.

In a CABG procedure, a healthy blood vessel, such as the saphenous vein, from the leg, or the radial artery, from the arm, is used to bypass a blockage in the heart. The vessel anastomoses is done during OPCAB, also called “beating heart” surgery, which is performed without the use of cardiopulmonary bypass, also known as a “heart-lung machine.”

Studies have shown that OPCAB reduces patient mortality, improves post-surgery neurological outcomes and shortens recovery times compared with on-pump surgery.

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