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what is the definition or description of: cardiac surgery?

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Dr. Robert Binford
38 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Surgery of heart: Cardiac surgery refers to heart surgery. This can be for bypass blocked arteries, repairing leaking valves, replacing valves, closing holes, fixing birth defects of the heart, removing tumors of the heart, and transplants. There are even more but i think you get the idea. It requires a specialized team of surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and support staff. Often a heart lung machine is needed.
Answered on Dec 17, 2012
Dr. Steve Martinez
28 years experience Breast Surgery
Heart surgery: Cardiac surgery is any surgery on the structures of the heart, including the main chambers, valves, and blood supply.
Answered on Sep 15, 2017
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Dr. Thomas Person
20 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Heart Operation: Cardiac surgery is used to describe a subset of thoracic (chest) surgery. It refers to operations on the heart and great vessels (thoracic aorta, pulmonary artery, pulmonary veins, vena cava, and ductus arteriosis). In contrast, operations on the lungs, esophagus, and chest wall are often referred to as "general thoracic surgery.".
Answered on May 14, 2015

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