Which incision is used in open heart surgery?

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.
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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Can epidural anesthesia be used in open heart surgery?

No. Open heart surgery is a very invasive and complex surgery and requires use of cardiopulmonary bypass (the heart is stopped) and is usually a prolonged procedure. As such, general anesthesia is mandatory. Epidural anesthesia is used for less complex surgeries. Read more...
Yes. Thoracic epidural anesthesia has been used for patients undergoing open heart surgery. However, this procedure requires a highly skilled anesthesia doctor with special expertise in cardiac anesthesia and/or regional anesthesia. Read more...
Wow. Now and again you hear of a novel use of anesthetic, particularly heart surgery. A few years ago i read where a team in turkey did a bypass under local! either way, i don't recommend an epidural. Read more...
No. The epidural can be used to provide some numbness in the chest area, but the rest of the operation will require a general anesthetic. Read more...