Heart surgery

Heart surgery

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This image is part of the sequence Healthcare: Surgery on the heart to replace a cardiac valve with an artificial (prosthetic) valve

Credit: AJ PHOTO/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Heart surgery. Image 2 of 24. Surgeon using an electric saw to open a patient's chest during heart surgery. He is cutting through the breastbone, or sternum. This chest is being opened to perform heart valve replacement surgery. For a sequence showing the operation, see images M560/494 to M560/517.

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