Left Anterior Thoracotomy Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement Following Left Pneumonectomy

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  • We report the case of a 59-year-old man referred for aortic valve replacement for severe, symptomatic aortic insufficiency who underwent a minimally invasive left anterior thoracotomy aortic valve replacement. This approach was facilitated by his history of a left pneumonectomy for lung cancer 7 years prior to presentation, which resulted in a significant left mediastinal shift. The cannulation strategy and exposure were analogous to what would be expected from a standard right anterior thoracotomy minimally invasive aortic valve replacement. The minimally invasive approach allowed for early extubation and mobilization in a patient with moderate baseline pulmonary dysfunction.
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    Author List

  • Mace JE; Vardas PN; Lewis CT; Eudailey KW
  • Start Page

  • 484
  • End Page

  • 486
  • Volume

  • 15
  • Issue

  • 5