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Closed heart bypass surgery a potential game-changer

A more patient-friendly approach to heart surgery has been introduced to the medical world–heart bypass surgery that is performed totally endoscopically. Doctors are able to make small incisions and use a robot to complete the bypass and treat the serious blockages in the arteries. This minimally invasive procedure could be a game-changer.

“After a totally endoscopic bypass, patients return to their normal life very, very quickly –without pain, without that prolonged recovery, without narcotics,” said STS member Dr. John Puskas, chair of Cardiovascular Surgery at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s in New York City, who is one of the few surgeons in the world performing the new procedure.

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