Diathermy in surgery

Diathermy in surgery

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Caption: Heart bypass surgery. Surgeon using diathermy to cauterise blood vessels in an incision made in a patient's leg during a coronary artery bypass operation. Diathermy is the use of heat to seal blood vessels and stop bleeding. During this stage of the operation, a vein from the leg is removed. The harvested vein will then be attached to arteries on the heart to re-route blood around a blockage. Blocked coronary arteries can cause angina pectoris (heart pain) and a heart attack, and are a leading cause of death.

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Keywords: cardiac, cauterisation, cautery, coronary artery bypass, diathermy, doctors, graft, healthcare, heart, heart surgery, hospital, leg, medical, medicine, operating theatre, operation, procedure equipment, sterile, surgeons, surgery, surgical team, surgical treatment, vein harvesting

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