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Does re-operation have an effect on outcome following heart transplantation?
Article Type: Reviews of effectiveness From: Clinical Governance: An International Journal, Volume 13, Issue 2.
C. Kokkinos, T. Athanasiou, C. Rao, V. Constantinidis, C. Poullis, A. Smith, M. Ridgway, P.P. Tekkis and A. DarziHeart, Lung and Circulation2007Vol. 16pp. 93-102
This review concluded that survival rates and associated morbidity are not significantly different when heart transplantation is a primary or secondary heart operation; however, re-operations require longer operation times. Since these conclusions are based on the results of a small number of studies exhibiting statistical and clinical variability, they should be interpreted with caution.