chapter  4
Principles of Stabilization and Hemodynamics in OPCAB Surgery
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What Is the Surgeon Looking for? What would be, in the best circumstances, the ideal stabilizing set-up for surgical pur­

poses? Clearly, surgeons want a bloodless and motionless field along with maximal degree of liberty to conduct anastomosis the same way they have been trained for under CPB conditions. So, stabilizers have to be “low profile”, able to preserve heart motion as much as possible, and procure enough space for usual surgical instrument manipulation. Furthermore, they have to be used in association with a myocardium mobilization technique that does not create ven­ tricular distortion and hemodynamic perturbations.