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.

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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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