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Structural heart surgery

Current definition

December 2018

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.

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

 

Previous definitions

November 2015

Open heart surgery – with surgery to divide the breastbone

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