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Patient has coronary artery bypass surgery while awake

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 15 July 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:135
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. San Francisco

    A 51 year old man has undergone a coronary artery bypass graft while awake, marking the first time in the United States that such surgery has been performed without general anaesthesia.

    The operation took place at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and was led by Dr Marco Zenati, an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, with the help of anaesthesiologist Dr Juhan Paiste.

    Dr Paiste …

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