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Reoperative coronary bypass grafting without cardiopulmonary bypass through a small thoracotomy.
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PMID:  9033309     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The danger of coronary reoperations is mainly hidden in the reopening of the sternum and in the manipulation of the heart and the old grafts. Therefore, the minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass procedure seems an ideal technique for coronary reoperations if only the left anterior descending coronary artery needs to be revascularized and the left internal mammary artery has not been used previously. METHOD: From January 1995 until May 1996 we performed 81 minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass procedures through a small anterolateral thoracotomy in the fifth intercostal space, anastomosing the left internal mammary artery to the left anterior descending coronary artery. Six of these 81 were reoperative minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass procedures on patients who had previously undergone coronary grafting through a median sternotomy with a vein graft to the left anterior descending coronary artery. RESULTS: Mean operation time was 85.8 +/- 22.2 minutes. Mean length of the mammary pedicles was 13 +/- 2 cm. Mean coronary occlusion time was 9.2 +/- 3.2 minutes. Mean postoperative hospital stay was 5.7 +/- 1.2 days (range, 5 to 8 days). No mortality and no cardiac-related morbidity were recorded. CONCLUSIONS: These results suggest that the technique is safe and promising in selected cases of reoperative coronary operation.
P W Boonstra; J G Grandjean; M A Mariani
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Annals of thoracic surgery     Volume:  63     ISSN:  0003-4975     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Thorac. Surg.     Publication Date:  1997 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-03-13     Completed Date:  1997-03-13     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  15030100R     Medline TA:  Ann Thorac Surg     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  405-7     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Thoraxcenter, University Hospital of Groningen, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Angina Pectoris / surgery*
Coronary Artery Bypass / methods*
Coronary Artery Disease / surgery*
Exercise Test
Middle Aged
Retrospective Studies
Surgical Procedures, Minimally Invasive*

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