Heart Surgery Breakthroughs Aiding Patients and Surgeons

Minimally invasive procedures, such as port access surgery, provide doctors more control and offer patients faster, less painful recoveries.

It wasnt long ago that a long, zipper-like scar running down the middle of the chest was the unavoidable sign of a bypass surgery survivor. But in a growing number of cases, one to three smaller and less-obvious scars are the results of minimally invasive bypass procedures. Recent innovations in bypass surgery are giving surgeons greater control and patients speedier recoveries-many are now able to resume normal activities within a matter of days, instead of a month or longer.
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