Technique for less invasive implantation of heartmate II left ventricular assist device without median sternotomy

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Abstract

The standard implantation of the Heartmate II left ventricular assist device (LVAD) (Thoratec Inc, Pleasanton, CA) involves a median sternotomy. There are some theoretical advantages to avoiding a median sternotomy in LVAD implantation. Hill et al. 1 introduced the concept of implantation of LVADs via a combination of right mini-thoracotomy and left subcostal incision and used this approach to implant the Thoratec paracorporeal LVAD (Thoratec Inc). Gregoric et al. 2 subsequently described a less invasive approach for implanting the Heartmate II LVAD without median sternotomy by using a subcostal incision and a right mini-thoracotomy, and they used the approach in 3 patients. With some modifications, we now use this method for routine implantation of the Heartmate II and describe our technique.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-244
Number of pages4
JournalSeminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011

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