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25 Years' Experience with Redo Operations in Cardiac Surgery—Third-Time Sternotomy Procedures

Rupprecht, Leopold ; Schopka, Simon ; Keyser, Andreas ; Lunz, Dirk ; Sossalla, Samuel ; Hilker, Michael ; Schmid, Christof


Background Over the years, open heart surgery has become more complex, and especially reoperative surgery, more demanding. The risk of third-time or more sternotomy procedures is unclear. Methods We reviewed our institutional experience of 25 years based on two generations of cardiac surgeons in a German university medical center to document frequency, outcome, and complications of the various ...


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