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CTSNet’s 10 Most Popular Articles of February 2024

Thursday, February 29, 2024

February was a busy month for CTSNet. This month’s list of top 10 content includes an orthotopic heart transplant, recorded sessions from the London Core Review Cardiothoracic Surgery Course, JANS articles highlighting recent game-changing studies, and more.

1. Orthotopic Heart Transplantation
By Debasis Das, NILANJAN DUTTA, Pradeep Narayan, Shyamal Maiti

The most popular video this month shows a step-by-step technique for an orthotopic heart transplant using the bicaval technique. The authors emphasize that completing each detailed step is essential for a successful transplant.

2. Mitral Valve Repair Tips and Tricks: 2023 London Core Review Cardiothoracic Surgery Course
By Gebrine El Khoury

The next video is a recorded session from the 2023 London Core Review Cardiothoracic Surgery Course in which Professor Gebrine El Khoury gave his tips and tricks for his method of mitral valve repair.

3. JANS: TAVI and SAVR Almost Equally Performed in California Patients Under 60

The most popular JANS article this month adds to the TAVR versus SAVR debate with data from a California study that showed an increase in TAVR surgeries in patients under 60. However, the data also showed an increased mortality rate after five years in TAVR patients.

4. JANS: Perioperative Care in Cardiac Surgery: A Joint Consensus Statement by the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Cardiac Society, ERAS International Society, and The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS)

Next up is a consensus statement from ERAS and STS on perioperative care in cardiac surgery. The statement presents a list of potential program elements, literature review, and a consensus on ERAS clinical practice.

5. Total Arch Replacement With the Frozen Elephant Trunk Technique
By Germán Fortunato, Ricardo Posatini, Vadim Kotowicz

The next video on the list shows a hybrid approach to total arch replacement, which is preferred by the authors. A frozen elephant trunk (FET) was chosen for this case using an E-vita Open Neo.

6. JANS: Aortic Valve Repair Results in Better One-Year Survival Than Replacement: Results From German Aortic Valve Registry

This JANS article presents results from a database analysis concluding that, if technically feasible, aortic valve repair is associated with higher survival rates than surgical replacement and should be considered in qualified patients.

7. Mediastinal Envelope Closure in Total Minimally Invasive Ivor Lewis Esophagectomy
By Katemanee Burapachaisri, Jeffrey Velotta

The method of closure in total minimally invasive Ivor Lewis esophagectomy shown in this video is associated with decreased rates of anastomotic leaks and postoperative complications.

8. JANS: Myocardial Protection in Cardiac Surgery—Hindsight From the 2020s

In another popular JANS article, the authors review the biochemical principles of ischemia, reperfusion and cardioplegic extension of ischemia tolerance as part of a comprehensive review of myocardial protection in cardiac surgery.

9. JANS: Routine Extubation in the Operating Room After Isolated Coronary Artery Bypass

This study aimed to prove the benefits of early extubation in the operating room following CABG. Based on the results, the authors suggest a wider adoption of routine OR extubation for nonemergency CABG.

10. Challenging Repair of Common Arterial Trunk Type III
By Amr Alsalakawy, Amr Elsawy , Mohamed Adel, Ahmed Mahgoub, Hatem Hosny

Finally, this video highlights innovative surgical strategies for repairing common arterial trunk defects.


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