Efficacy, feasibility, and pitfalls of transseptal approach in beating-heart mitral valve surgery

Tomas A. Salerno, Maria R. Suarez, Anthony L. Panos, Francisco Igor B. MacEdo, Julia Alba, Michael Brown, Marco Ricci

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Background: Mitral valve surgery can be performed through the trans-atrial or the trans-septal approach. Although the trans-atrial is the preferred method, the trans-septal approach has also been used recently and has a particular value in beating-heart mitral valve surgery. Herein we report our experience with beating-heart mitral valve surgery via trans-septal approach, and discuss its advantages and pitfalls. Methods: Between 2000 and 2007, 214 patients underwent mitral valve procedures using the beating-heart surgical approach. Results: One hundred and forty-three patients (66.8%) had mitral valve replacement, 68 patients (31.7%) mitral valve repair, and 82 patients (38.3%) concomitant valve procedures. Coronary artery bypass grafting was simultaneously performed in 30 (14%) patients. Thirty-day mortality was 7.4%, reoperation for bleeding 7%, stroke 0.4%, and myocardial infarction 0.4%, and failed mitral valve repair 0.9%. Conclusion: Our experience suggests that beating-heart mitral valve surgery is facilitated by using the trans-septal approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)495-498
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of cardiac surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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