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Thoracoscopic confirmation of correct seating of minimaly-invasive rapid-deployment aortic bioprosthesis

Pascal M. Dohmen, Michael A. Borger, Martin Misfeld, Friedrich W. Mohr

Department of Cardiac Surgery, Heart Centre Leipzig, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany

Med Sci Monit 2013; 19:773-776

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.889094

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Published: 2013-09-18

There is a growing interest in minimally invasive access for aortic valve surgery. The upper hemi-sternotomy provides good aortic valve exposure, with numerous possible advantages. Nevertheless, some surgeons remain skeptical about limited access surgery because it is technically more demanding. Sutureless and rapid-deployment bioprostheses could alleviate these concerns by improving ease of implantation.
We herein describe the use of video-assisted visualization to verify the position of the balloon-expandable frame during rapid aortic valve deployment.
Sutureless and rapid-deployment bioprostheses improve implantation and make it easy to increase minimally invasive access for aortic valve surgery.

Keywords: Bioprosthesis, Aortic Valve - surgery, Heart Defects, Congenital - surgery, Heart Valve Diseases - surgery, Heart Valve Prosthesis, Heart Valve Prosthesis Implantation - methods, Surgical Procedures, Minimally Invasive - methods, Thoracoscopy - methods