Triple Bypass Surgery More Common About half a million Americans undergo coronary bypass surgery each year. Vice President Dick Cheney has had the surgery. It's a low risk procedure, with as little as 1 to 2 percent mortality and chances for full recovery. It is done urgently sometimes, as in the case of former President Clinton, when blockages are found. NPR's Richard Knox reports.
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About half a million Americans undergo coronary bypass surgery each year. Vice President Dick Cheney has had the surgery. It's a low risk procedure, with as little as 1 to 2 percent mortality and chances for full recovery. It is done urgently sometimes, as in the case of former President Clinton, when blockages are found. NPR's Richard Knox reports.