Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
Print version ISSN 0102-7638
On-line version ISSN 1678-9741
DIAS, Ricardo Ribeiro et al. Miniesternotomia para a cirurgia da valva aórtica: experiência inicial. Rev Bras Cir Cardiovasc [online]. 1998, vol.13, n.4, pp.317-320. ISSN 0102-7638. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-76381998000400004.
We present our initial experience with minimally invasive surgery for the treatment of aortic valve diseases, through a minithoracotomy. From June to November of 1997, 12 patients underwent aortic valve replacement. The surgical technique utilized was ministernotomy from the notch to the fourth right intercostal space. There was no mortality, nor reoperation. There was necessity of complete sternotomy in one case because of difficult of leaving CPB. Late evolution was possible in 91.6% of the cases and they are all free of symptons.
Keywords : Heart valve diseases [surgery]; Aortic valve [surgery]; Heart valve prosthesis; Bioprosthesis; Minimal surgical procedures [methods].