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Psychological Effects of Skin Incision Size in Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery Patients

Sunday, February 21, 2021

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Source Name: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery


Alessandra Piarulli, PhD*, Giovanni Alfonso Chiariello, MD, PhD*, Piergiorgio Bruno, MD, Federico Cammertoni, MD, Alessia Rabini, MD, PhD, Natalia Pavone, MD, PhD, Annalisa Pasquini, MD, PhD, Francesco Ferraro, MD, Andrea Mazza, MD, Marialisa Nesta, MD, PhD, Mauro Iafrancesco, MD, Christian Colizzi, MD, Massimo Massetti, MD, PhD

In this article by Piarulli et al, they investigate the effect of a patient's incision for valve surgery on their psychological well-being. They demonstrate in a cohort of 87 patients, with 48 undergoing conventional full sternotomy and 39 undergoing a V-shape hemi-sternotomy approach (n = 39) to their valve surgery, that those with the minimally invasive approach had lower levels of reported depression and anxiety.

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