Why surgery is hard on the heart
A heart surgeon in California has performed a heart transplant that was nearly impossible.
He also had to cut his patient’s throat and inject him with powerful antibiotics.
The surgery is difficult, says Dr. Robert A. DeAngelis.
He says the transplant was performed on a healthy patient with no complications, and he is not aware of any heart defects.
A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine looked at patients who had undergone a heart bypass, or coronary artery bypass graft.
The study found that the transplanted heart was less likely to have damage to the heart muscle and more likely to heal.
The heart bypass is considered the most effective way to bypass a blockage in a heart, but DeAngeles says it is only a first step.
“We’ve already done a lot of work with people with heart disease who’ve had heart bypass surgeries,” he said.
“But for someone who’s already got a heart condition that’s still not completely healed, a heart valve, the valve that connects the heart to the body, is still not fully functional.”
DeAngelis, who also works at the Mayo Clinic, says the transplants of the heart bypass and the heart valve are two of the most difficult surgeries a patient can undergo.
The transplants took more than two hours, and the patient was kept in a medically induced coma for two weeks.
DeAngelas says the procedure has proven effective, but there is still much work to be done.
He hopes the transplant surgery will become routine.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.