Reversed-J inferior sternotomy for awake coronary bypass

Kırali, Kaan; Kayalar, Nihan; Koçak, Tuncer; Yakut, Cevat
May 2005
European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery;May2005, Vol. 27 Issue 5, p923
Academic Journal
Abstract: Many approaches for minimally invasive coronary bypass surgery are available and to further decrease the invasiveness, coronary artery bypass grafting has been performed under high thoracic epidural anesthesia without endotracheal intubation in the last years. Less invasive approach to coronary artery bypass graft operations is possible through combination of the high thoracic epidural anesthesia and a reversed-J sternotomy, and coronary revascularization can be accomplished without any additional technical difficulties and with a good exposure of both the left anterior descending artery and the left internal thoracic artery. This technique is less traumatic for patients and provides practical better oxygenation and shorter hospital stay.


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