NYMC Faculty Publications

Title

Less Invasive Reoperative Ventricular Assist Device Insertion for Patients With Patent Bypass Grafts

First Page

545

Last Page

547

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-2020

Department

Surgery

Abstract

We report our technique for left ventricular assist device insertion that is useful in patients with patent coronary artery bypass grafts or mediastinal adhesions from other previous surgeries. An inverted-T upper hemisternotomy is made at the level of the second or third intercostal space, and with the left sternal section retracted, dissection is carried along the chest wall into the left pleural space. The device is implanted in the left ventricular apex via a left thoracotomy in the fifth or sixth intercostal space. The outflow graft is routed through the left pleural space and anastomosed to the ascending aorta.

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