Features January 2019 Issue

Should You Consider Having

Experience has revealed which patients should—or shouldn’t—undergo coronary bypass surgery without a heart-lung machine.

Should You Consider Having "Off-Pump" Bypass Surgery?

Open-heart surgery with a heart-lung machine may be a better option.

Despite these advantages, the heart-lung machine increases the risk of complications during and immediately after the operation. These include stroke, kidney and respiratory failure, atrial fibrillation, wound infection, need for blood transfusion and longer hospital stay.

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