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Has the technique used in doing heart bypasses changed since the 1980s?
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Dr. Craig Carter
Surgery - Thoracic
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
The additions have been off- pump bypass (widely used), video- assisted (selective), and robotic (rarely).
On pump bypass, using cardio- pulmonary bypass, is a mature, well- studied, and widely used technique with excellent short and long term results.

In brief: Yes
The additions have been off- pump bypass (widely used), video- assisted (selective), and robotic (rarely).
On pump bypass, using cardio- pulmonary bypass, is a mature, well- studied, and widely used technique with excellent short and long term results.
Dr. Craig Carter
Dr. Craig Carter
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Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Anesthesiology
In brief: Yes, newer technique
Although much of surgery is quite the same, we've gotten better at it.
One dramatic change is some of the procedures are done "off-pump" ie, without heart lung machine. "minimally invasive" refers to surgeries done with smaller incisions, let blood products required. Overall, the in hospital recovery time shorter on average.

In brief: Yes, newer technique
Although much of surgery is quite the same, we've gotten better at it.
One dramatic change is some of the procedures are done "off-pump" ie, without heart lung machine. "minimally invasive" refers to surgeries done with smaller incisions, let blood products required. Overall, the in hospital recovery time shorter on average.
Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Dr. Scott Mackinnon
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