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Procedure to open blocked carotid arteries tested

(Medical Xpress)—Doctors at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are investigating a minimally invasive procedure to open blocked carotid arteries in patients whose poor health or advanced ...

Sep 27, 2013
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Acid reflux? It's in the genes

(Medical Xpress)—For many years it has been thought that acid reflux and a related condition called Barrett's Oesophagus were acquired conditions, via diet, smoking and other lifestyle activities. However, recent family ...

Apr 03, 2013
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Open surgery

An open surgery means cutting skin and tissues so the surgeon has a direct access to the structures or organs involved. The structures and tissues involved can be seen and touched, and they are directly exposed to the air of the operating room. Examples of open surgery include the removal of organs, such as the gallbladder or kidney.

Open surgery may be contrasted to minimally invasive surgery (MIS) which refers to surgical techniques that do not involve large incisions, in which the tissues involved are not open to the air. In this type of surgery, special viewing devices such as fiber optics or miniature video cameras are placed in the body to view the body tissues, and special miniature instruments are used to manipulate, cut, suture and cauterize tissues. MIS techniques often allow the patient to recuperate faster and with less pain. Not all conditions are treatable with minimally invasive surgery. Minimally invasive surgical techniques include laparoscopy, endoscopy, endovascular techniques, and arthroscopy.

Types of open surgery include Cardiac surgery (Open-Heart Surgery) and so on.

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