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Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass - A Beating Heart Procedure

Coronary Artery Disease: Mercy Hospital's Romualdo "Peter" J. Segurola, M.D., chief cardiopulmonary division, will present an off-pump open-heart surgery with proximal connectors and minimally invasive conduit harvesting during a live webcast on Thursday, October 4th at 5:00 p.m. Jose Marquez, M.D., cardiologist, will join Dr. Segurola to discuss this procedure and expected patient outcomes associated with off-pump surgery. Viewers will be able to send email questions to Dr. Segurola and Dr. Marquez during this live, interactive broadcast.

The standard has been to perform open-heart surgery on-pump, where the heart is stopped from beating and the patient's body circulation is maintained through the use of cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB), also known as the heart-lung machine. This is a routine and safe procedure although there is growing concern about associated risks, such as inflammation, stroke and renal disorder.

In recent years, advancements in technology have enabled surgeons to perform the heart bypass surgery without the heart-lung machine as an off-pump bypass surgery. In an off-pump bypass, the heart continues to beat and just the portion of the heart being operated on is stabilized during the surgery. Studies suggest that the off-pump procedure improves outcomes, reduces complications, speeds up recovery and shortens length of stay.

Dr. Segurola will perform the off-pump surgery as part of Mercy Hospital's program to broadcast select surgeries on the web so individuals can log on and view what takes place in the operating room during those procedures. Mercy initiated this program with hopes of minimizing the fear and anxiety associated with surgery due to the fear of the unknown. The off-pump surgery will be the third procedure that Mercy Hospital has broadcast live on the web can be viewed at

Mercy Hospital, a recipient of the prestigious Magnet™ award for nursing excellence, is Miami-Dade's only Catholic Hospital. Established in 1950, it is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph and a member of Catholic Health East. A 483-bed acute care hospital, staffed by over 700 physicians representing 27 medical specialties, its Centers of Excellence include: The Heart Center at Mercy Hospital, the Miami Cancer Center at Mercy Hospital, the Orthopaedic Institute at Mercy Hospital, and the Minimally Invasive Surgical Institute at Mercy Hospital. Mercy Hospital is located at 3663 S. Miami Avenue, Miami, FL.



Romualdo Segurola Jr.

Romualdo Segurola Jr.


Jose Marquez

Jose Marquez, MD

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