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Open heart surgery: step-by-step

Open heart surgery: step-by-step

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An incision is made across the full length of the breast bone, or sternum. Open heart surgeries can be performed through smaller incisions. This gives the surgeon direct access to the heart.

You will be connected to a heart lung machine which temporarily takes over the function of the heart and maintains blood circulation throughout your body.

The surgeon will completely remove the diseased aortic valve and insert a new valve. This can be either a mechanical or biological valve.

Your doctor may use an ultrasound machine after the procedure to make sure your new valve is working properly.

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