Study: Survival rates for bypass surgery higher than stenting

05/26/2005 | NYTimes.com

New research on nearly 60,000 patients concludes that bypass surgery may work better to help people with several clogged arteries than the less extreme procedure of stenting, where tiny mesh cylinders are used to prop open the blood vessels. The study found that patients who had the surgery had much higher survival rates and were less likely to require repeat surgeries, but researchers add that the two techniques have improved significantly since the time of the study.

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