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Tissue Stabilizer Reverse Mounting in Minimally Invasive Direct Coronary Artery Bypass, a Simple Tool in Difficult Times

Mourad, Faisal MRCS; Duncan, Andrew J. FRCS

Innovations:Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery: March-April 2009 - Volume 4 - Issue 2 - p 117
doi: 10.1097/IMI.0b013e3181a34740
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The simple reverse mounting of an Octopus arm over a rib retractor can give more arm length by up to 5 cm inside the chest cavity which could prove to be very useful in patients with huge chest cavities, i.e. chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, high body mass index, allowing more flexibility and better maneuverability of the stabilizer arm during MIDCAB.

From the Cardiothoracic Department, Lancashire Cardiac Centre, Blackpool Victoria Hospital, NHS Foundation Trust, Blackpool, UK.

Accepted for publication February 22, 2009.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Mr. Faisal Mourad, Cardiothoracic Department, Lancashire Cardiac Centre, Blackpool Victoria Hospital, Whinney Heys Rd., Blackpool FY3 8NR, UK. E-mail: dr.mourad@bfwhospitals.nhs.uk and faisalmourad@hotmail.com.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.