Less Invasive Reoperative Ventricular Assist Device Insertion for Patients With Patent Bypass Grafts
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.
Ohira, S., Spielvogel, D., Lansman, S. L., & Kai, M. (2020). Less Invasive Reoperative Ventricular Assist Device Insertion for Patients With Patent Bypass Grafts. The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 110 (6), 545-547. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.04.128