Selection of the ideal surgical procedure for coronary revascularization in patients with severe cardiac dysfunction at times may represent a challenge. In recent years, with the advent of surgical large microaxial pumps, e.g., Impella 5.0 (Abiomed Inc., Boston, USA), specific support and effective unloading of the left ventricle has become available. In the interventional field, good results have been achieved with smaller microaxial pumps in the setting of so-called protected percutaneous coronary intervention. In this study, we would like to share our early experience with surgical coronary revascularization under the sole support of Impella 5.0, omitting the use of heart–lung machine in three cases of severe cardiac dysfunction due to complex ischemic heart disease. Effective circulatory support intraoperatively and postoperatively speaks in favor of this technique in selected patients.
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