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MARCH 31, 2006
  Skip the Blood, Lower the Risk, Reduce the Long Stay: PENN Surgeons Offer Transfusion-Free Heart Surgery to All
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During a transfusion-free cardiac surgery on patient Irv Shapiro, Charles R. Bridges, MD, ScD, was able to make a tiny incision on his chest and separate his ribs gently, avoiding the need to “crack” his chest. The incision is about two inches long, under the breast crease, making it almost impossible to detect even by other physicians.

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