10 December 2010
Thousands of people could benefit from a new operating technique which is believed to halve the pain normally associated with open-heart surgery.
The so-called mini-bypass is done through a cut in the chest which is three times smaller than usual.
By causing far less trauma to the patient, surgeons say the recovery time is significantly reduced.
Within a day of the operation, patients can begin their recovery on paracetamol instead of the morphine painkillers they would usually need.