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Recent advances in anesthesia and perfusion technology have permitted longer and more complex operations involving the heart and lungs. Here are two life-saving surgeries that were shared on Figure 1.

Pediatric Heart Transplant

In this image, a donor heart is being transplanted to a 13-month-old with congenital heart disease (CHD). CHD is the number one cause for pediatric heart transplantation in the United States. The transplanted heart will continue to grow along with the child. Last year, 115 heart transplants were reported for patients between 1 and 5 years old.

IoW71 pediatric heart transplant

See more about this case: Pediatric Heart Transplant

Cardiopulmonary Bypass

Pulmonary embolism can be a life-threatening disease. In cases where a patient presents with shock, hypotension, or syncope, rapid resolution of the embolism is sought. In cases where medical therapy is deemed to be insufficient, unavailable, or contraindicated, a surgical solution exists. In this image, a patient is placed on heart-lung bypass as the life-threatening embolus is extracted from pulmonary circulation.

IoW59 inside the OR

See more about this case: Pulmonary Embolism