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Which incision is used in open heart surgery?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 56 years experience
Depends: Traditionally, this involved an incision throught the length of the sternum(breastbone). Newer techniques can be used, robotic bypass surgery, which use several smaller incisions. The cost is about $8, 000 more but this also results in a shorter hospital stay, a quicker recovery, and perhaps better overall results.
Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 30 years experience
Midline sternotomy: A midline sternotomy is the most common incision used in heart surgery. There are a few variations on this incision that people claim are minimally invasive.

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