Superior trans-septal approach for minimally invasive mitral valve surgery via right small thoracotomy

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Abstract

Minimally invasive mitral valve surgery (MIMVS), despite its challenges, is not a rare procedure. However, MIMVS via a right small thoracotomy must be performed using long-shafted surgical instruments and thoracotomy instruments specialized for minimally invasive cardiac surgeries. We have performed 12 cases of MIMVS via right small thoracotomy using the superior trans-septal approach and secured a surgical visual field that easily allows a finger to reach the mitral valve annulus without using special instruments for minimally invasive cardiac surgery. We named this technique the “drawer-case technique.” In conclusion, MIMVS via right thoracotomy using the superior trans-septal approach can be performed easily and safely, similar to mitral valve surgery performed via median sternotomy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)728-731
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Cardiac Surgery
Volume34
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jan 1

Keywords

  • drawer-case technique
  • minimally invasive mitral valve surgery
  • right small thoracotomy
  • superior trans-septal approach

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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