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Mini-Sternotomy AVR

May 16, 2019
I believe that this is the world's first randomized controlled trial of mini aortic valve replacement (AVR) versus full sternotomy AVR.
May 2, 2019
The overarching, free to read under terms, of the TAVR mini-compendium of this week: the most complex question remains "what is a reasonable expectation of a stakeholder on outcomes of aortic stenosis?"
February 28, 2019
Bil Kirmani of the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital in the UK compares minimally invasive and open surgical approaches for aortic valve replacement.
March 19, 2018
A medium-size RCT comparing full sternotomy to limited sternotomy for conventional aortic valve replacement, presented at the SCTS Annual Meeting in Glasgow. The 7-10% one year attrition rate seems quite disappointing, and will most probably be discussed. We will await the full paper to see what was the learning curve for the innovative approach.
March 3, 2018
The authors retrospectively reviewed their minimally invasive aortic valve replacement experience over a three-year period to assess the outcomes in patients undergoing conventional knot tying (n = 39) versus automated knot tying with the Cor-Knot device (n = 53).  Aortic cross-clamp time was approximately 10 minutes shorter in the latter group.  Pos
January 22, 2018
This video demonstrates the technique for performing aortic operations through a ministernotomy.
January 8, 2018
A very brief editorial on frailty as a risk factor. In the time of weighing transcatheter interventions versus variable access surgical options, quantifying this physiological concept is of major importance for the cardiac teams and, importantly, the autonomy of the patient.
November 28, 2016
An extremely important journal article comprised of two case reports involving valve perforation and insufficiency following use of the Cor-Knot Automated Fastener (LSI Solutions, Victor, NY, USA) during valve replacement.
July 28, 2016
Filmed at the 2016 STS Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, a group of experts discuss the future of aortic stenosis treatment.
November 24, 2015
A nice short demonstration from Michael Mack of his cannulation technique for minimally invasive AVR with femoral vein cannulation 

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