Endoscopic Mitral Valve Repair Minimize To The Max
Alaaddin Yilmaz, Pascal Starinieri, Boris Robic.
Jessa Hospital, Hasselt, Belgium.
Mitral valve surgery through Video Assisted Thoracoscopy (MVATS) without the use of robotics, is a new closed chest technique. It has been developed in an attempt to decrease postoperative pain and reduce recovery with quicker resumption of daily activities.
Procedure is performed through 3 ports and positioning the right hemithorax in an elevated status. Cardiopulmonary bypass is addressed through bicaval remote access perfusion. Cardiac arrest was initiated with transthoracic clamp. An automated knotting device is used to reduce clamping- and perfusion times.
Thirty three patients were succesfully operated with this approach. Less pain and quicker postoperative recovery was observed.
MVATS is a new endoscopic technique that provides good clinical results.
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