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Minithoracotomy vs Conventional Sternotomy for Mitral Valve Repair: A Randomized Clinical Trial

Thursday, June 15, 2023

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Enoch F. Akowuah Rebecca H. Maier, Helen C. Hancock, Ehsan Kharatikoopaei, Luke Vale, Cristina Fernandez-Garcia, Emmanuel Ogundimu, Janelle Wagnild, Ayesha Mathias, Zoe Walmsley, Nicola Howe, Adetayo Kasim, Richard Graham,Gavin J. Murphy, Joseph Zacharias, for the UK Mini Mitral Trial Investigators

This is a groundbreaking article that, for the first time, compares port access mitral surgery with sternotomy in a randomized multicenter trial. It demonstrates benefits for surgery through a minimal access route and, most importantly, that it is as safe as open surgery. Finally, it demonstrates that expert surgeons are required, whatever the access, to maximize the repair rate for patients.

While this full report is behind a paywall, a detailed abstract is included through the link above.

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