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Who performed the first open heart surgery?
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Dr. Samuel Hahn
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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Open heart surgery may simply refer to an exposed heart in the chest.
The surgery itself may be as simple as a biopsy or as complicated as a vessel bypass with valve replacement and aneurysm repair. You may also be referring to the use of cardiopulmonary bypass which allows surgeons to stop the heart and essentially pumps blood to the other vital organs while the heart is repaired.

In brief: Not enough info
Open heart surgery may simply refer to an exposed heart in the chest.
The surgery itself may be as simple as a biopsy or as complicated as a vessel bypass with valve replacement and aneurysm repair. You may also be referring to the use of cardiopulmonary bypass which allows surgeons to stop the heart and essentially pumps blood to the other vital organs while the heart is repaired.
Dr. Samuel Hahn
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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: References vary
Daniel hale williams is reported to have performed the first successful open heart surgery in america in chicago in 1893.

In brief: References vary
Daniel hale williams is reported to have performed the first successful open heart surgery in america in chicago in 1893.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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