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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

New Surgery Techniqu

LONDON () -- British surgeons have cut out bits from the living hearts of coronary disease patients in a new surgical technique pioneered in Brazil which is giving renewed hope to patients.

The team led by British Heart Foundation Professor Gianni Angelini removed about three ounces of the left ventricle -- the heart's muscle powerhouse -- and then sealed the wound with a "super-glue" strip of synthetic material.

The operation is quicker and cheaper than a heart transplant and requires less after-care. The technique is being used on hearts dilated by disease.

"It is high-risk pioneering surgery and we are in largely uncharted waters. However it has enormous potential for greater numbers of patients than heart transplants," Angelini said after operating on five patients.