The benefits of Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass surgery (OPCAB) are well documented, but little information is available that explores the patient’s perception of the experience. The purpose of this study was to explore the differences in perceptions and experiences in patients who have undergone both OPCAB and onpump Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting procedures. Guided by naturalistic inquiry, semistructured qualitative interviews were conducted and audio taped with 4 men living independently. Inductive analysis of the transcripts revealed 7 themes: general comparisons, health care seeking symptoms, loss of control, faith and trust, postoperative depression, interactions with health care professionals, and sharing the life-time experience. The findings from this study will help to guide future research in the area of cardiovascular surgery.



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