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Sutureless Aortic Valve Replacement via Right Anterior Thoracotomy
Vinnie Bapat of Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK, discusses the development of a minimally invasive aortic valve replacement program at his institution. Mr. Bapat points out that although aortic valve replacement via a right anterior thoracotomy is a technically challenging procedure with a steep learning curve, it can have a large psychological and cosmetic benefit for patients. Mr. Bapat shares the challenges he and his team faced when starting the minimally invasive program, and the successful strategies they adopted.
This presentation was originally given during the SCTS Ionescu University program at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland. This content is published with the permission of SCTS. Please click here for more information on SCTS educational programs.