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Social Surgery: A Gallery of Live-Tweeted Operations

  • Live Open-Heart Surgery

    Beating heart open heart surgery
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    CREDIT: Memorial Hermann
  • Beating Heart Bypass

    Beating heart open heart surgery
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    CREDIT: Memorial Hermann
  • Michael Macris

    live open-heart surgery
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    CREDIT: Memorial Hermann
  • Opening the Chest

    live open-heart surgery
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    CREDIT: Memorial Hermann
  • Exposed Heart

    Exposed heart in open heart surgery.
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    CREDIT: Memorial Hermann
  • Brain Surgery

    Brain surgery patient
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    CREDIT: Memorial Hermann
  • Live Brain Surgery

    Brain surgery live
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    CREDIT: Memorial Hermann
  • Open Brain

    Live brain surgery
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    CREDIT: Memorial Hermann
  • Scoping Out the Brain

    Brain surgery live
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    CREDIT: Memorial Hermann
  • Live C-Section

    Surgery preparations
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    CREDIT: Memorial Hermann
  • Prepping for Baby

    Preparing for a c-section
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    CREDIT: Memorial Hermann
  • Tweeting a C-Section

    Tweeting a c-section
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    CREDIT: Memorial Hermann
  • It's a Boy!

    Baby boy born by c-section
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    CREDIT: Memorial Hermann
On Feb. 12, 2012, cardiothoracic surgeon Michael P. Macris performed the first live "Twittercast" of a beating-heart bypass at Memorial Hermann hospital in Houston. The patient, a 57-year-old man, was not identified for privacy reasons.

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