Talk:Cardiac surgery

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"A 2012 Cochrane systematic review found evidence that..." does not seem to be about a cardiac surgery "technique". Suggest removal or moving paragraph to "history" section. This is not my field, so I am not sure where to move it. Same with next paragraph regarding smoking and cardiac surgery. The "technique" section is lacking in any description of techniques.Jajava (talk) 06:22, 28 November 2013 (UTC)

== What about?

Including something about the roles of the medical team associated with the procedure? The medical and scientific teams, and equipment used and developed for the surgery deserve a mention... Perfusionists, anesthesiologists, anesthetics used, aortic stints, imaging equipment methods and practices.

I'd like to collaborate with anyone interested to include these on the Cardiac surgery page; cheers user:Mattycoze

E. Converse Peirce[edit]

I highly doubt the claim Dr. Peirce "paved the way for successful open heart surgery technology in the 1960s and 1970s." Please see my comments in Talk:Membrane oxygenator. The claim may be applicable on the Membrane oxygenator page, but it isn't significant enough to include here. I won't delete the text here yet to get time to substantiate the claim. Dlodge 17:12, 30 December 2006 (UTC)

No response. Removed text. Dlodge 20:29, 4 January 2007 (UTC)

Claims re: Daniel Hale Williams[edit]

The claims regarding Daniel Hale Williams performing the first open heart surgery are incorrect for a variety of reasons:

  • Dr. Williams was not the first to repair a pericardial wound - Henry Dalton sutured a pericardium in 1891. Dr. Williams did in fact repair the pericardium of James Cornish in 1893, who had been stabbed in the chest. Surgery within the chest was unheard of in those days due to the almost inevitable infection and resulting death.
  • The pericardium is not part of the heart - it is the sac surrounding the heart. Dr. Williams did not suture the heart, so in fact he did not perform any type of surgery on the heart.
  • "Open heart surgery" is a widely overused term. Coronary artery bypass surgery is not in fact "open-heart" - the bypass grafts are sewn onto the outside of the heart. True open heart surgery entails things such as valve replacement when the heart is cut open and surgery is performed inside the heart.

For the above reasons, I have removed the claims regarding Dr. Williams. The Wikipedia page on Dr. Williams gives a good description (with references) of his surgery on the pericardium. Dlodge 05:57, 28 January 2007 (UTC)

The term "Open heart surgery" refers to the use of extracorporeal circulation during the operation, which means stopping the heart and relying on a heart-lung machine, regardless of whether the heart chambers are cut open or not. So, a coronary bypass operation is an open procedure if done under extracorporeal circulation, even if the heart chambers need not be opened. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:38, 9 November 2008 (UTC)

I don't think this last comment makes sense unless surgeons have decided to mangle the English language! Surely the words "open" and "heart" have a plain meaning? They mean the heart has been cut open for a surgical procedure. Extra corporeal circulation was not used originally but is a very desirable refinement of open heart surgery that was introduced early on. A coronary bypass clearly involves "cutting" the heart. Whether you treat that as "opening" is a semantic and technical question which I am not qualified to judge but "extracorporeal circulation" ought not to be the criterion for the use of this plain and simple term "open heart". If a term were needed then "suspended heart" would be better. Budhen (talk) 15:21, 31 January 2009 (UTC)

Dlodge & Budhen: Although your proposed definition of "open heart surgery" may have merit, Wikipedia should reflect standard usage, which is along the lines of the preceding comment, i.e. "surgery in which the heart is exposed and the blood made to bypass it". This usage is documented by the following online dictionaries:,,,,,, For more references, try googling ":define open heart surgery" (without the quotation marks). Nasorenga (talk) 17:56, 25 February 2015 (UTC)[edit]

According to the above link to the spam blacklist, this site is merely an advertisement... Per policy, it's been deleted.

So please, quit adding it back in. 07:07, 26 March 2007 (UTC)

Nazih Zuhdi[edit]

I trimmed the WP:Coatrack on Nazih Zuhdi to what was referenced and seemed relevant to this article. He may be worth his own article though. The extra information can be found at this diff AIRcorn (talk) 06:22, 24 May 2011 (UTC)

Pediatric Cardiac Surgery[edit]

No mention of Blalock-Taussig Shunt[edit]

Why is there no mention of the work of Alfred Blalock, Helen Taussig and Vivien Thomas at Johns Hopkins University? It seems their work predates the work of Sellors and Brock mentioned in the article. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 1lucky2 (talkcontribs) 20:21, 8 April 2012 (UTC)

No mention of Dr. Favaloro[edit]

Why not mention it to Dr. René Favaloro, who was the founder of the bypass and eminence of cardiac surgery? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:01, 29 June 2013 (UTC)


At the moment, I've created a redirect from TEVAR to the page for Endovascular aneurysm repair, which I think is OK for the time-being. I know some cardiac surgeons who would want to at least list TEVAR on the template for cardiac surgery procedures.

Since TEVAR is performed by both cardiac and vascular surgeons, perhaps someone who works on CT surgery stuff can work with me on this? Thanks. Bakerstmd (talk) 21:52, 25 March 2014 (UTC)