Bypassing The TraumaJoan O'C. Hamilton
Each year, half a million Americans endure open-heart surgery and learn firsthand that its name is far too gentle for a procedure so violent: Surgeons must make at least a foot-long incision in the chest and crack open the sternum just to get near the heart for a typical bypass operation. Even when the repair works perfectly, the painful recovery from such trauma can take months, with risks of infection and other complications.
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