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Techniques

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The authors describe their technique for an S1+2 segmentectomy, discussing the anatomical landmarks and variations that are key in this procedure.
October 14, 2012
A Dacron sleeve around the dilated ascending aorta is a simple technique that allows the ascending aorta to adopt the shape of the Dacron tube graft which avoids wrinkle formation, dislocation and erosion.
October 7, 2012
A right robotic thymectomy is described for the treatment of myasthenia gravis and thymoma.  Early results are comparable to sternotomy and VATS approaches.  A novel technique using ICG for contralateral phrenic nerve identification is also described.
September 5, 2012
Transapical aortic valve implantation (TAVI) has become a feasible alternative to open techniques in high risk patients. Surgical technique and some critical tips and pitfalls are described.
July 19, 2012
Patient Selection Beginner Beating Heart Surgeon (< 50 beating heart cases) The beginner should consider avoiding patients with unfavorable characteristics, such as:
July 19, 2012
The Novalung Interventional Lung Assist (iLA) device is a membrane ventilator that allows for oxygen and carbon dioxide gas exchange to occur by simple diffusion.
April 11, 2012
The first successful series of patients operated on with a left ventricular-to-right atrial shunt was reported by Frank Gerbode, a noted surgeon at Stanford University. Gerbode described two routes for blood to travel from the left ventricle to the right atrium.
February 2, 2012
A robotic technique is described for first rib resection for Paget Schroetter Disease or “effort thrombosis” of the subclavian vein that allows for en bloc resection of the offending portion of the first rib while minimizing the risk of neurovascular injury.
January 4, 2012
This article describes how a HeartMate XVE left ventricular assist device may be exchanged for a HeartMate II axial-flow pump with low morbidity and mortality and without a full sternotomy.

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