ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Mitral valve replacement in beating heart through right thoracotomy: a safe option for reoperation
İbrahim Gökşin, Ali Vefa Özcan, Münevver Dereli, Bilgin Emrecan
Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Medicine Faculty of Pamukkale University, Denizli
DOI : 10.5606/tgkdc.dergisi.2011.097
Resternotomy after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is a highly challenging situation, especially in the presence of patent grafts. Cardiac injury, bleeding, injury of a patent graft, especially such as the internal thoracic artery, and the difficulty of resternotomy are major problems that may increase morbidity and mortality in these patients. In this article we present a 61-year-old male patient with a previous CABG surgery who had mitral valve replacement on beating heart with the aid of cardiopulmonary bypass. On-pump beating heart normothermic mitral valve replacement without cross-clamping the aorta through right anterolateral thoracotomy is a simple and safe procedure. We think that this procedure may be a good option for reoperation especially in patients with patent bypass grafts.
Keywords : Beating heart; mitral valve; resternotomy; thoracotomy
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