Abstract: A right mini-thoracotomy approach may be used for mitral valve repair without compromising clinical outcomes. Compared with conventional sternotomy, there is an increased distance to the cardiac structures from the mini-thoracotomy incision, which makes certain technical acts more demanding. One particular challenge is hemostasis at the antegrade cardioplegia cannula site. We propose a novel technique to remove an antegrade cardioplegia cannula using the COR-KNOT system. This technique negates the need for tying with a knot pusher and reduces the risk of aortic injury and troublesome bleeding.
From the *Section of Cardiac Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT USA; and †Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, National Heart Centre, Singapore, Singapore.
Accepted for publication November 28, 2016.
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