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Which incision is used in open heart surgery?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Brian Mott
Surgery - Thoracic

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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