Alternative technique of right-sided outflow cannula insertion for right ventricular support

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Abstract

Right ventricular assist devices are an important part of the armamentarium of cardiac surgeons for the treatment of right-sided circulatory failure after cardiac transplantation or insertion of a left ventricular assist device. However, right ventricular assist device insertion can be technically challenging in the setting of pulmonary hypertension because of a number of concomitant anatomic and physiologic phenomena. We present a technique for the insertion of the right ventricular assist device outflow cannula that is easier and faster to insert, and safer to explant, especially if cardiopulmonary bypass is to be avoided.

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