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Warm Heart & Beating Heart Bypass Surgery

Beating heart surgery (also called warm heart surgery) allows the heart to continue beating while the surgery is performed. This procedure/surgery incorporates state-of-the-art technology of a heart-stabilizing device.

The stabilizing device immobilizes a small section of the heart that needs the bypass graft while the rest of the heart muscle continues to beat and pump blood to the body.

Potential Advantages

The heart surgeons at Owensboro Health are strong advocates of warm-heart surgery and use the technique in most open-heart surgeries (unless there is a valve involved) because of the potential benefits to patients, including:

Shorter Length Of Stay

Some patients are discharged from the hospital in 3-5 days versus the typical 7 to 10 days for conventional CABG surgery.

Faster Recovery

Patients are returning to their normal activities in 4 weeks rather than the typical 6 to 8 weeks with conventional surgery.

Less Damage To Blood Cells

The use of the heart-lung machine damages blood cells, which may affect the blood's ability to clot after surgery. Without the use of the heart-lung machine, the blood clot is not exposed to this potential damage.

Shorter Surgery Time

The patient may spend about one hour less in the operating room; and may be removed from the breathing machine sooner.

Better Outcomes

Patients may have less risk of complications after surgery, such as stroke, pneumonia or kidney problems.

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Cardiology - 270-417-7500 or 800-304-0808

Cardiothoracic Surgery - 270-417-7510

24-Hour Health Information Line - 855-417-8555

Owensboro Health Main Line - 270-417-2000

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