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Alan J. Bryan of the Bristol Heart Institute in the UK argues that on-pump coronary bypass surgery is as good an option as off-pump surgery for patients with high surgical risk.
August 7, 2013
Thoracoscopic segmentectomy may be an excellent, minimally-invasive option for patients with small lung cancers or limited cardiopulmonary reserve.
August 7, 2013
CTSNet hosted a very lively Video Roundtable discussion at the recent 2013 STS Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, CA, on issues surrounding the two major minimally invasive techniques for removing parts of the lung.
July 8, 2013
Surgical techniques for repair of insufficient bicuspid aortic valves are now quite reproducible. Outcome analyses have shown low late valve-related complication and failure rates.
July 6, 2013
The CardioWest™ Total Artificial Heart (TAH) is a biventricular orthotopic pneumatic pulsatile pump that totally replaces the native ventricles and valves and is currently approved as a bridge to heart transplatation in selected patients.
June 6, 2013
Scimitar Syndrome is a rare congenital anomaly with a bimodal presentation that requires surgical intervention. This video illustrates a safe and minimally invasive approach to surgical correction for this anomaly performed on an adult patient.
May 22, 2013
Professor Robert J. McKenna, Jr., MD is Medical Director of Thoracic Surgery and Trauma at Cedars-Sinai, Los Angeles, CA. He pioneered the anterior approach for VATS lobectomy and has by far the largest experience in this technique. However, he has also served as the principal investigator on several trials, including the Z0030 trial on lymph node staging and also the NETT Trial.
April 17, 2013
Taped at the STS 49th Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, this roundtable discussion focuses on transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and the role surgeons and the entire heart team play in the TAVR procedure.
March 17, 2013
The anterior cervicothoracic approach was used to remove a desmoid tumor of the thoracic outlet in a 70-year-old male. The chest wall was reconstructed with titanium bars and a polytetrafluoroethylene-patch. The clavicle was fixed using a titanium clip. The postoperative period was uneventful.
March 4, 2013
This video demonstrates the ligation of the thoracic duct by a VATS approach. The patient suffered damage to the duct in the neck resulting in neck swelling and made local repair of the duct impossible. In this video the author demonstrates his technique for ligating the duct via a posterior VATS approach.
February 18, 2013
Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation raises technical problems in patients with end stage heart failure and huge left ventricular aneurysm. This video shows how an LVAD (Jarvik 2000) can be implanted safely even in patients requiring left ventricular aneurysm resection.

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