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Manuel Castella of the University of Barcelona in Spain presents a discussion on ablation fibrillation during mitral valve surgery.
June 15, 2008
Various diathermy techniques have been proposed to reduce intraoperative blood loss in surgery. In particular, standard bipolar technology is able to coagulate small vessels, with a diameter ranging from 1 mm to 3 mm, but it has some disadvantages, including sticking, charring, and significant thermal spread [1,2].
June 15, 2008
Surgical stapling devices have been used in Thoracic surgery for over 20 years and have proven as reliable as suturing for the bronchus, pulmonary artery, pulmonary vein or lung parenchyma. They have allowed for the widespread application of thoracoscopy to complex procedures within the chest.
May 24, 2008
Operative Steps Incision A midline sternotomy is generally employed A minimal approach using a lower ½ sternotomy may also be employed. Cardiopulmonary bypass
May 24, 2008
Operative Steps Upon Arrival
May 24, 2008
Patient Selection
May 24, 2008
Patients are selected for bilateral closed chest pulmonary vein (PV) isolation, left atrial appendage excision, directed partial cardiac denervation, and PV electrocardiograms (MiniMAZE-Wolf technique), based on the following criteria...
May 24, 2008
Patient Selection Introduction

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