Annuloplasty ring or band dehiscence is a possible complication of mitral valve repair surgery. It may be due to increased tension on the annuloplasty sutures, especially in ischemic mitral pathology in which a circumferential ring is used. Herein, we describe a technique for alternative suture placement in mitral annuloplasty using pledgeted sutures that may reduce the risk for ring or band dehiscence.
From the *Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, and †Department of Anesthesiology, University of New Mexico Health Science Center, Albuquerque, NM USA; and ‡Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL USA.
Accepted for publication January 11, 2014.
Disclosure: The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
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