Learn from the experts: supplement on minimally invasive aortic valve replacement
June 15, 2018
The May issue of European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery contains a supplement on minimally invasive techniques and outcomes in surgical aortic valve replacement (AVR).
Featuring four reviews and three surgical technique articles, the supplement is a must-read for cardiac surgeons interested in implementing or expanding a minimally invasive surgery programme at their centre.
Klein et al. describe their experience of minimally invasive AVR, focusing on the key steps for patient assessment. Vohra et al. discuss knowledge transfer and quality control, while Di Eusanio et al. describe their approach for fast-tracking patients who need AVR. In the last of the reviews, Young et al. summarise the outcomes of minimally invasive AVR.
Three groups then share their techniques for achieving the best results: Bouchot et al. describe the right anterior minithoracotomy approach, Danesi and Salvador discuss endoscopic surgery ‘must dos’ and ‘preferences’, and Kocher et al. present their upper hemisternotomy approach.
The supplement is freely accessible to all on the European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery website.
Link to supplement: https://academic.oup.com/ejcts/issue/53/suppl_2