Transareolar Video-Assisted Approach to the Atrial Septal Defect and Tricuspid Valve

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Minimally invasive atrial septal defect closure and tricuspid annuloplasty in female patients are normally performed through a right submammary anterior minithoracotomy approach. However, when the aortic root is located higher, the direction of aortic cannulation becomes not ideal through the submammary incision. In such cases, transareolar approach is useful. Through this approach, aortic cannulation and tricuspid operation can be performed with endoscopic assistance, and ASD closure can be performed under direct vision.

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