Minimally Invasive Reversed Z Sternotomy for Aortic Valve Replacement

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Abstract

The minimally invasive reversed Z sternotomy is a surgical approach for aortic valve operations that provides an excellent view of the aortic root and allows access to the right atrium. It confers the advantages of preservation of the sternocostal articulations and both internal thoracic arteries with no need to enter either pleural cavity. It facilitates aortic and atrial cannulation for cardiopulmonary bypass and allows access for a superior pulmonary vein cardiac vent.

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