open-heart surgery definition

  • noun:
    • Surgery when the thoracic cavity is opened to reveal the center additionally the bloodstream is recirculated and oxygenated by a heart-lung machine.
    • heart surgery where the rib cage is spread open, one's heart is ended and bloodstream is detoured through a heart-lung machine while a heart device or coronary artery is operatively repaired

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