A heart-lung machine, also known as a cardiopulmonary bypass machine, is a medical device used during cardiac surgery to temporarily take over the functions of the heart and lungs. It allows surgeons to operate on the heart while the patient’s natural circulation is temporarily stopped. Here’s how it works:
This machine is a cardiopulmonary bypass machine, or a heart-lung machine. This machine takes over the jobs of your heart and lungs. These jobs include. adding oxygen to your blood, removing carbon dioxide from your blood and then pumping this refreshed blood back into your body.
With the heart-lung machine in operation, the surgeon can stop the patient’s heart to perform the necessary cardiac surgery, such as repairing heart valves, bypassing blocked arteries, or even replacing the heart itself.