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Different case series have been published demonstrating the feasibility of endovascular repair of the ascending aorta in selected patients deemed unfit for open surgery. However, the use of commercially available stent graft in the ascending aorta remains off-label, and their excessive length often prevents their deployment in the ascending aorta. Here we report a case of successful primary endovascular repair of the ascending aorta using a physician modified off-the-shelf device.
Traditionally, pacing leads are placed transvenously, although smaller pediatric patients who require permanent pacemakers may benefit from delaying tranvenous lead placement until they are larger. Alternative, minimally invasive atrioventricular pacing options have not previously existed for this patient population, leaving many of these children with large sternotomies or thoracotomies. Using three port sites and an adjustable shaft dual-needle suturing device, we placed a steroid-eluting, sew-on epicardi...
Conversion to sternotomy is a primary bailout method for robotically assisted coronary artery bypass grafting procedures. The aims of this study were to identify the primary reasons for conversion from robotically assisted coronary artery bypass grafting to sternotomy and to evaluate the in-hospital outcomes in such patients.
The aim of the study was to characterize the clinical outcomes and learning curve during the adoption of a robotic platform for lobectomy for early-stage non-small cell lung cancer by a thoracic surgeon experienced in open thoracotomy.
At present, minimal invasive direct coronary artery grafting is the least invasive nonrobotic surgical approach to revascularize the left anterior descending artery with the left internal mammary artery. Total endoscopic coronary bypass grafting is performed with the help of a telemanipulator ("robot"). A prospective proof-of-concept study was initiated to investigate a nonrobotic total endoscopic coronary bypass grafting approach.
Bentall procedures are traditionally performed through a median sternotomy. The right mini-thoracotomy approach is increasingly used in aortic valve replacement. This approach has been shown to have decreased blood loss and hospital length of stay compared with sternotomy. A right mini-thoracotomy approach may also be beneficial in selected patients requiring aortic root surgery. We present our initial clinical experience of patients who have undergone a right mini-thoracotomy Bentall.
During transcatheter aortic valve replacement with a self-expanding prosthesis, prosthesis embolization represents a rare but severe complication. Etiologies of prosthesis embolization include improper sizing and malpositioning, specifically high deployment with respect to the aortic annulus. Treatment of embolization into the aorta relies upon repositioning of the prosthesis using endovascular snares or removal with open surgery. Patients with prosthesis embolization have a high risk of mortality and morbi...
The aim of the study was to comprehensively summarize the survival outcomes and complications of Impella 5.0 (Abiomed Inc, Danvers, MA USA) use in patients with cardiogenic shock (CS).
The commercially available C-Port distal anastomotic device (Food and Drug Administration cleared in 2007) is an automated miniature vascular stapler that performs the coronary anastomosis. This prospective multicenter registry sought to evaluate midterm patency using this device compared with hand-sewn grafts.
Complications with opioid-based postoperative pain management have led to guideline recommendations for a multimodal analgesia strategy incorporating nonopioid agents. We evaluated the opioid-sparing effect of intravenous acetaminophen in patients undergoing transapical transcatheter aortic valve replacement.
Septal myectomy remains the criterion standard for the treatment of patients with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy refractory to medical therapy. There have been few reports of minimally invasive approaches. This study compared a minimally invasive septal myectomy performed at our institution with the traditional full-sternotomy approach.
One of the major challenges faced in minimally invasive pediatric cardiac surgery is cannulation strategy for cardiopulmonary bypass. Central aortic cannulation through the same incision has been the usual strategy, but it has the disadvantage of cluttering of the operative field. We hereby present the results of femoral cannulation in minimally invasive pediatric cardiac surgery in terms of adequacy and safety.
An aortic annuloplasty ring could be useful for aortic valve repair. This trial evaluated intermediate-term outcomes of internal geometric ring annuloplasty for repair of trileaflet and bicuspid aortic insufficiency associated with ascending aortic and/or aortic root aneurysms.
Totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass (TECAB) with robotic distal anastomosis and robotic-assisted minimally invasive coronary artery bypass (RA-MIDCAB) with robotic internal mammary artery harvest and direct hand-sewn distal anastomosis via an anterior thoracotomy have both been reported as safe and efficacious. We compared hospital cost and short-term outcomes between these techniques.
We describe the integration of the hybrid operation room cone-beam computed tomography (CT) scan technology into the practice of general thoracic surgery. The combination of the following three techniques: (1) cone-beam CT scan augmented navigational bronchoscopy, (2) cone-beam CT-guided percutaneous biopsy and/or fiducial placement, and (3) fiducial or image-guided video-assisted thoracic surgery resection, into a single-stage, single-provider procedure allows for diagnosis and treatment in one setting. Ra...
We treated a 70-year-old patient with Kommerell's diverticulum associated with an aberrant left subclavian artery and right aortic arch using single-stage total arch replacement with a commercially available open stent graft through only a median sternotomy. A four-branched prosthetic graft was implanted after insertion of the open stent graft through the anastomotic site under moderate hypothermia and cardiopulmonary bypass with selective cerebral perfusion. The aberrant subclavian artery was occluded by c...
During minimal invasive mitral valve repair, excessive valve tissue, as in myxomatous or Barlow disease, might be cumbersome to analyze and treat the subvalvular mitral valve apparatus. We developed a new, adaptive, flexible, and easy-to-use technique for better visualization of the subvalvular apparatus. After visualization of the mitral valve, a simple sterile paper ruler was curled up to a roll 1 cm in diameter and inserted through the mitral valve. By means of two endo forceps, the paper roll was uncurl...
The right 2nd interspace minithoracotomy has advantages over femoral arterial cannulation providing an alternative that should be in the arsenal of the minimally invasive surgeon; we describe here the method, the advantages, and the pitfalls.