Open heart surgery is any type of surgery where the chest is cut open and surgery is performed on the muscles, valves, or arteries of the heart.
This is the most common type of heart surgery done on adults. During this surgery, a healthy artery or vein is grafted attached to a blocked coronary heart artery. This allows the grafted artery to “bypass” the blocked artery and bring fresh blood to the heart.
Beating-heart surgery is a way to perform surgery without stopping the heart. Surgeons use a special device to stabilize the part of the heart on which they are operating. The heart continues to beat and circulate blood to heart muscle during the operation. Surgery on a beating-heart helps reduce the risk for complications associated with temporarily stopping the heart during surgery.
Advantages of beating-heart surgery:
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