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Structural heart surgery

Current definition

March 2020

Structural heart surgery - with thoracotomy or surgery to divide the breastbone

The undergoing of, or inclusion on the NHS waiting list for, surgery requiring thoracotomy or median sternotomy (surgery to divide the breastbone) on the advice of a consultant cardiologist to correct any structural abnormality of the heart.

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We've added advanced surgery benefit so that we now pay out on inclusion on NHS surgery wait list.

Previous definitions

December 2018

We've expanded the definition to now cover thoracotomies (surgical incision into the chest wall) as well as surgery to divide the breastbone.  

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Structural heart surgery – with thoracotomy or surgery to divide the breastbone

The undergoing of surgery requiring thoracotomy or median sternotomy (surgery to divide the breastbone) on the advice of a consultant cardiologist to correct any structural abnormality of the heart.