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Is surgery to correct a myocardial bridge considered open heart surgery?
Is surgery to correct a myocardial bridge open heart surgery?
submitted by Myriam from Puerto Rico on 5/27/2011
by Texas Heart Institute cardiovascular surgeon, Denton A. Cooley, MD
Yes, it is, because the procedure involves use of the heart-lung machine (cardiopulmonary bypass). The term, open heart surgery, has been largely confined to cases where the heart lung machine is used. Other procedures are called "off pump".
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Updated June 2011