Off Pump Beating Heart Bypass Surgery

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Registered: 11-14-2003
Off Pump Beating Heart Bypass Surgery
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Tue, 01-27-2004 - 4:36pm
Live Webcast February 2nd at 12 Noon C.S.T http://www.or-live.com

MeritCare, Fargo, ND, heart surgeons Roxanne Newman, M.D., Ajit Damle, M.D., and Jim Burdine, M.D., are pushing the envelope to improve patient care in a field that’s slow to change. The surgeons are leaders in the area of “off-pump,” or beating heart bypass surgery. Nationwide, only 25 percent of bypass procedures are performed off-pump, but at MeritCare, the majority of cases are performed off-pump because overall, physicians believe it may result in improved outcomes for patients, including:

• Reduced need for blood transfusions

• Faster recovery from surgery and a shorter length of stay

• Reduced risk of bleeding, stroke and kidney failure

• Reduced cognitive problems including memory loss and difficulty thinking.

See Dr. Newman perform bypass surgery on a beating heart, live at 12 Noon CST. Viewers will be able to email questions direct to the OR for an on-camera response by the surgical team.

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Registered: 09-30-2003
Sat, 01-31-2004 - 3:40pm

Welcome, katyaf.