"Single suture" for exposure of the heart in left ventricular assist device placement

Richard J. Kaplon, Marco Ricci, Si M. Pham, Tomas A. Salerno

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Abstract

Using the "single suture" technique described for exposure of the heart during off-pump coronary surgery, all surfaces of the heart may be exposed with little hemodynamicnamic compromise. Using this technique, the apex of the heart is easily elevated for left ventricular assist device (LVAD) insertion in patients with either ischemic or dilated cardiomyopathy. This technique may provide the groundwork for routine placement of LVADs without the use of cardiopulmonary bypass.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)333-334
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of cardiac surgery
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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