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Expert Techniques

August 29, 2018
The authors describe an innovative and previously little-reported technique for closing a tracheocutaneous fistula after prolonged tracheostomy, using a pectoral muscle-cutaneous flap to correct the persistent tracheocutaneous tissue defect.
August 28, 2018
The authors present a simplified technique of mitral valve repair using PTFE chordae in a 54-year-old man with severe mitral valve regurgitation due to posterior mitral leaflet and posteromedial commissure prolapse, in addition to ruptured chordae.
August 27, 2018
This video demonstrates technical aspects of the authors’ approach to bilateral internal thoracic artery grafting in off-pump surgery.
August 21, 2018
The authors demonstrate the resection of fibroelastoma from the mitral valve by a minimally invasive approach.
August 20, 2018
The authors present a video-assisted thoracoscopic technique for diaphragmatic plication due to phrenic nerve paralysis.
July 24, 2018
This article discusses the periareolar approach for minimally invasive cardiac surgery, a feasible and safe technique that has aesthetic benefits and gives appropriate surgical visualization.
July 23, 2018
This video demonstrates right and left pneumonectomies, each performed via a uniportal video-assisted thoracoscopic approach.
July 17, 2018
The use of ultrasonic energy in vessel harvesting for coronary artery bypass provides several advantages over the conventional diathermy during the preparation of the arterial graft, and harmonic shears may be beneficial in being faster, reducing bleeding, and allowing the surgeon to work closely to the vessel.
July 16, 2018
This mitral repair, performed through a minimally invasive approach, demonstrates a triangular resection and the placement of a neochord.
July 10, 2018
This video demonstrates the authors' technique for a minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass procedure, shown step-by-step in single vessel disease.

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