Reoperative left anterior descending artery (LAD) revascularization can be performed through a left anterior small thoracotomy (LAST approach) in patients requiring isolated LAD revascularization. If the left internal mammary artery has been previously used, however, the operation is generally performed either through a median sternotomy or through a full posterolateral thoracotomy for the necessity of connecting the vein graft to the ascending aorta or to the descending thoracic aorta, thus losing the advantages of a minimally invasive approach. In the case reported herein, we describe a technique in which reoperative revascularization of the LAD is accomplished through the LAST approach, using the stump of the left internal mammary artery as the inflow site of a saphenous vein coronary graft to the LAD.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine