The axillary artery as an alternative site of cannulation for redo port access-assisted minimally invasive mitral valve surgery: early report of 2 cases


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Abstract

The minimally invasive Heartport (HP)-assisted technique has become first choice option for mitral valve surgery in many centres. The pool of patients potentially treated using HP techniques, however, is still limited by the presence of peripheral vessel disease, expecially in the elderly population. Alternative approaches to using the HP technique safely in such a subset of patients, therefore, should be evaluated. Here, we present our preliminary experience using the axillary artery as an alternative site of cannulation for HP-assisted redo mitral valve surgery in patients with concomitant peripheral vessel disease.

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