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A unilateral approach to bilateral thoracoscopic internal mammary artery harvesting.
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PMID:  17669997     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
A technique of harvesting both internal mammary arteries thoracoscopically using three unilateral ports is described. Bilateral thoracoscopic internal mammary artery (IMA) harvesting was performed using a unilateral approach in 18 patients. The mean harvest time for harvesting was 52.3 +/- 17.5 min for the contralateral LIMA and 35.6 +/- 6.7 min for the ipsilateral RIMA. The mean free flow for the 36 harvested arteries was 58.7 +/- 13.6 cc/min. Bilateral thoracoscopic IMA harvesting, from a single side, is safe and reproducible. Satisfactory length of both arterial conduits can be obtained with half the ports and in less time than harvesting from each side.
Thomas A Vassiliades
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Interactive cardiovascular and thoracic surgery     Volume:  2     ISSN:  1569-9285     ISO Abbreviation:  Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg     Publication Date:  2003 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-08-02     Completed Date:  2009-12-11     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101158399     Medline TA:  Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  87-90     Citation Subset:  -    
The Pensacola Heart Institute, Pensacola, FL 32504, USA.
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