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CTSNet’s 10 Most Popular Articles of October 2022

Friday, October 28, 2022

October’s top content includes a CTSNet webinar, a video on the implantation of a total artificial heart, a roundup of helpful CABG videos, and more useful articles.

1. How to Make a Valve for the RVOT from the Right Atrial Appendage
By Ahmad Ali Amirghofran, Elahe Nirooei
This month’s most popular article comes from Dr. Amirghofran and his team as they demonstrate their technique for Tetralogy of Fallot repair. Preventing chronic pulmonary insufficiency has been a challenge in repair, but using the right atrial appendage to create a valve for the right ventricular outflow can help. 

2. Small Aortic Root Webinar—Annular Enlargement vs. Total Replacement
By Bo Yang, Michael Reardon, Joseph Bavaria, Barbara Hamilton, Vinod Thourani, Ismail El-Hamamsy
CTSNet had the privilege of hosting a panel of experts in a roundtable debate on aortic root enlargement vs. total root replacement for the small aortic root. In this fascinating discussion, surgeons each shared their unique preferences, explanations, and arguments for which procedure is optimal. You can read a summary of the webinar, along with the recording linked above.

3. Implantation of a Total Artificial Heart
By Maziar Khorsandi, Jeffrey Keenan, Francisco Arabia
A total artificial heart can act as an effective bridge to heart transplantation in qualifying patients. In this video from Dr. Khorsandi and his team, the surgeons perform a total artificial heart transplant on a patient with dilated cardiomyopathy.

4. Operative Technique of Myectomy for Midventricular Obstructive Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
By Rao Parachuri, Srilakshmi Adhyapak
In this video, Dr. Parachuri and Dr. Adhyapak demonstrate their operative technique for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. They also emphasize the importance of interacting with imaging specialists to best understand the extent of septal thickening and properly plan the procedure.

5. 5 CABG Procedure Videos to Expand Your Knowledge
By Cameron Lind
There is no shortage of variations on the coronary artery bypass procedure and situations in which it can be used. This article brings together five useful videos on one of the most commonly performed procedures worldwide, making sure to cover a wide variety of its nuances.

6. Minimally Invasive Pediatric Closure of Atrial Septal Defect via Right Axillary Thoracotomy
By David Meyer, Timothy Martens
In this video, Dr. Meyer demonstrates his technique for minimally invasive closure of a congenital atrial septal defect. He explains his tips for the procedure along with major pitfalls that may come up along the way.

7. Uniportal Robotic-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery: Left S6 Segmentectomy
By Felice Lo Faso, Paolo Vincenzi, Emilio Eugeni
In a demonstration of the advantages that RATS technology brings to the treatment of early-stage lung cancer, Dr. Lo Faso and his team perform a lower left segmentectomy using the technology. This video presents a promising future despite the lack of literature on the technique.

8. Recycling of the LIMA Graft in Off Pump Re-CABG to Achieve Total Arterial Revascularization
By Giuseppe Tavilla, Amber Malhotra, Daniel Beckles M.D., PhD., Mustafa Baldawi, Thomas d'Amato, Ramachandra Reddy
Another variation of CABG is shown in a case of an off-pump redo CABG in a patient who had initially undergone the procedure seventeen years earlier. Surgeons used a recycled LIMA graft in combination with the right internal mammary artery and right gastroepiploic artery for repair.

9. Donor Lung Harvest—The Indian Technique
By Kamran Ali
This video shows an easy-to-follow, fully reproducible technique for donor lung harvest in a lung transplant procedure. Dr. Ali emphasizes the importance of careful assessment of the lungs, meticulous dissection, and careful preservation to make a successful harvest.

10. Robotic Selective Dorsal Sympathectomy for Hyperhidrosis
By Farid Gharagozloo
Finally, Dr. Gharagozloo demonstrates his technique for performing a robotic thoracic sympathectomy for treatment of hyperhidrosis. While there are many different surgical treatments for the disease, sympathectomy has proven to be one of the safest with less chance of compensatory hyperhidrosis.


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