Ozaki Procedure: How I teach it
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Feb 27:S0003-4975(21)00338-6. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.019. Online ahead of print.NO ABSTRACTPMID:33652003 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.019 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 2, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Sergio Pirola Giorgio Mastroiacovo Gianluigi Bisleri Gianluca Polvani Source Type: research

Annuloplasty for aortic regurgitation in univentricular heart on ventricular assist support
We present a simple technique of external partial annuloplasty of the neo-aortic valve, which can be performed without the need for cardiopulmonary bypass or cross clamping.PMID:33652004 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.12.087 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 2, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Igor E Konstantinov Edward Buratto Yves d'Udekem Source Type: research

Ozaki Procedure: How I teach it
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Feb 27:S0003-4975(21)00338-6. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.019. Online ahead of print.NO ABSTRACTPMID:33652003 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.019 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 2, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Sergio Pirola Giorgio Mastroiacovo Gianluigi Bisleri Gianluca Polvani Source Type: research

Annuloplasty for aortic regurgitation in univentricular heart on ventricular assist support
We present a simple technique of external partial annuloplasty of the neo-aortic valve, which can be performed without the need for cardiopulmonary bypass or cross clamping.PMID:33652004 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.12.087 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 2, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Igor E Konstantinov Edward Buratto Yves d'Udekem Source Type: research

Evolution of Alternative Access Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement
This study describes the evolution and outcomes of alternative access TAVR at Cleveland Clinic.METHODS: From January 2006 to January 2019, 2,446 patients underwent TAVR, 414 (17%) via alternative access (247 transapical, 95 transaortic, 56 transaxillary, 2 transcarotid, 10 transiliac, 4 transcaval). Patients undergoing alternative access TAVR had high preoperative risk. Propensity-matched comparisons were targeted at comparing the transfemoral vs. transaxillary approaches since 2012.RESULTS: Over time, the favored alternative access approach shifted from transapical and transaortic to transaxillary. Pacemaker requirement w...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 1, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Bogdan Kindzelski Stephanie L Mick Amar Krishnaswamy Samir R Kapadia Tamer Attia Kevin Hodges Shirin Siddiqi Ashley M Lowry Eugene H Blackstone Zoran Popovic Lars G Svensson Shinya Unai James J Yun Source Type: research

Evolution of Alternative Access Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement
This study describes the evolution and outcomes of alternative access TAVR at Cleveland Clinic.METHODS: From January 2006 to January 2019, 2,446 patients underwent TAVR, 414 (17%) via alternative access (247 transapical, 95 transaortic, 56 transaxillary, 2 transcarotid, 10 transiliac, 4 transcaval). Patients undergoing alternative access TAVR had high preoperative risk. Propensity-matched comparisons were targeted at comparing the transfemoral vs. transaxillary approaches since 2012.RESULTS: Over time, the favored alternative access approach shifted from transapical and transaortic to transaxillary. Pacemaker requirement w...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - March 1, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Bogdan Kindzelski Stephanie L Mick Amar Krishnaswamy Samir R Kapadia Tamer Attia Kevin Hodges Shirin Siddiqi Ashley M Lowry Eugene H Blackstone Zoran Popovic Lars G Svensson Shinya Unai James J Yun Source Type: research

The Weekend Effect - A Complex and Controversial Phenomenon
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Feb 22:S0003-4975(21)00323-4. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.014. Online ahead of print.NO ABSTRACTPMID:33631147 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.014 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - February 25, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Muhammad Siyab Panhwar Lars G Svensson Ankur Kalra Source Type: research

The risk of reintervention of the Mitroflow and Trifecta bioprosthesis
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Feb 22:S0003-4975(21)00321-0. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.11.089. Online ahead of print.NO ABSTRACTPMID:33631148 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.11.089 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - February 25, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Ka Yan Lam Naomi Timmermans Mohamed Soliman-Hamad Source Type: research

Which one you rather have if you are fifty: TAVR vs. small - incision AVR vs. full sternotomy AVR
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Feb 22:S0003-4975(21)00322-2. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.12.085. Online ahead of print.NO ABSTRACTPMID:33631149 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.12.085 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - February 25, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Mehrdad Ghoreishi Chetan Pasrija Zachary Kon Source Type: research

Donor Pulmonary vein anomalies: What's in your toolbox?
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Feb 22:S0003-4975(21)00330-1. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.015. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTPulmonary vein anomalies are often unrecognized during donor lung procurement. Consequently, they are at high risk for injury and this leaves the implanting surgeon with an unpleasant surprise. An innovative approach can help resolve the situation. We wish to highlight our experience with an anomalous left upper pulmonary vein and describe a novel reconstruction technique.PMID:33631150 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.015 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - February 25, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Suresh Keshavamurthy Vipin Dulam Steve W Leung Mohammed A Kashem Yoshiya Toyoda Source Type: research

To unifocalize or not to unifocalize?: A comparison of retro-esophageal versus anterior collaterals
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Feb 22:S0003-4975(21)00333-7. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.017. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTBACKGROUND: The anatomy of major aortopulmonary collateral arteries (MAPCAs) can be highly variable with regard to number, anatomic origin, course, and relationship to the native pulmonary arteries. Some MAPCAs travel behind the esophagus (retro-esophageal) and bronchus before entering the lung parenchyma. The purpose of this study was to compare the physiologic and surgical characteristics of retro-esophageal versus anterior located MAPCAs.METHODS: This was a retrospective review of 42 patients who had ...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - February 25, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Richard D Mainwaring Greg Adamson Frank L Hanley Source Type: research

Graft Type and Routing for Repair of Aortoesophageal Fistula
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Feb 22:S0003-4975(21)00324-6. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.01.062. Online ahead of print.NO ABSTRACTPMID:33631152 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.01.062 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - February 25, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Yuanjia Zhu Anson M Lee Source Type: research

Repair of Pulmonary Vascular Injury: A Take-Home Low Fidelity Simulator
We present a low-cost, simple simulation model of major vascular injury repair for cardiothoracic trainees. This model uses commercially available orthopedic elastic bands to allow repetitive practice of skills necessary during these rare but critical clinical scenarios. Practicing core skills in the simulation setting will help residents be better prepared when the situation arises.PMID:33631153 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.12.086 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - February 25, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Matthew Lamb Vanessa M Bazan Michael D Jax Joseph B Zwischenberger Shari L Meyerson Source Type: research

Regionalization Done Well Benefits All Patients
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Feb 22:S0003-4975(21)00320-9. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.11.088. Online ahead of print.NO ABSTRACTPMID:33631154 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.11.088 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - February 25, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Karl F Welke Tara Karamlou Source Type: research

Polytetrafluoroethylene Tricuspid Valved Conduit for Right Ventricular Outflow Tract Reconstruction
We present a technique for construction of a handmade tricuspid valved polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) conduit for use in patients of all ages requiring RVOT reconstruction at the time of congenital cardiac surgery. This conduit provides an economically advantageous and readily available option globally when compared to homograft, without sacrificing surgical results.PMID:33631155 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.11.090 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - February 25, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Garrett N Coyan Luciana Da Fonseca Da Silva Jose P Da Silva Melita Viegas Victor O Morell Mario Castro-Medina Source Type: research

Endobronchial Therapy for Non-emphysematous Giant Bullae
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Feb 22:S0003-4975(21)00329-5. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.11.092. Online ahead of print.NO ABSTRACTPMID:33631156 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.11.092 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - February 25, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Kudzayi Kutywayo Joyce Thekkudan Sridhar Rathinam Source Type: research

Less invasive left ventricular assist device implantation with "Furoshiki" technique
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Feb 22:S0003-4975(21)00328-3. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.11.091. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTIn recent years, a less invasive approach has progressively become the first choice for left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation. However, in the setting of bridge to transplantation device-related dense adhesions particularly at the thoracotomy site still remain a cumbersome problem at the time of heart transplantation. We propose a technique termed "Furoshiki" with the double wrapping of the LVAD at the primary less invasive implantation consisting of complete wrapping of LVAD with ...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - February 25, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Yukiharu Sugimura Shintaro Katahira Hug Aubin Udo Boeken Artur Lichtenberg Payam Akhyari Source Type: research

Clinical and echocardiographic results of AVR in the failing ventricle: do AS and AR differ?
CONCLUSIONS: The pattern of LV recovery appears to be early in AS and delayed in AR. Baseline clinical factors, rather than echocardiographic status of the LV, appear to determine late survival.PMID:33631158 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.016 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - February 25, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Michael Ibrahim Audrey E Spelde Wilson Y Szeto Michael A Acker Pavan Atluri Joshua Grimm Marisa Cevasco Prasanth Vallabhajosyula Joseph Bavaria Nimesh D Desai Matthew L Williams Source Type: research

The Weekend Effect - A Complex and Controversial Phenomenon
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Feb 22:S0003-4975(21)00323-4. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.014. Online ahead of print.NO ABSTRACTPMID:33631147 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.014 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - February 25, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Muhammad Siyab Panhwar Lars G Svensson Ankur Kalra Source Type: research

The risk of reintervention of the Mitroflow and Trifecta bioprosthesis
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Feb 22:S0003-4975(21)00321-0. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.11.089. Online ahead of print.NO ABSTRACTPMID:33631148 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.11.089 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - February 25, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Ka Yan Lam Naomi Timmermans Mohamed Soliman-Hamad Source Type: research

Which one you rather have if you are fifty: TAVR vs. small - incision AVR vs. full sternotomy AVR
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Feb 22:S0003-4975(21)00322-2. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.12.085. Online ahead of print.NO ABSTRACTPMID:33631149 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.12.085 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - February 25, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Mehrdad Ghoreishi Chetan Pasrija Zachary Kon Source Type: research

Donor Pulmonary vein anomalies: What's in your toolbox?
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Feb 22:S0003-4975(21)00330-1. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.015. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTPulmonary vein anomalies are often unrecognized during donor lung procurement. Consequently, they are at high risk for injury and this leaves the implanting surgeon with an unpleasant surprise. An innovative approach can help resolve the situation. We wish to highlight our experience with an anomalous left upper pulmonary vein and describe a novel reconstruction technique.PMID:33631150 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.015 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - February 25, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Suresh Keshavamurthy Vipin Dulam Steve W Leung Mohammed A Kashem Yoshiya Toyoda Source Type: research

To unifocalize or not to unifocalize?: A comparison of retro-esophageal versus anterior collaterals
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Feb 22:S0003-4975(21)00333-7. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.017. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTBACKGROUND: The anatomy of major aortopulmonary collateral arteries (MAPCAs) can be highly variable with regard to number, anatomic origin, course, and relationship to the native pulmonary arteries. Some MAPCAs travel behind the esophagus (retro-esophageal) and bronchus before entering the lung parenchyma. The purpose of this study was to compare the physiologic and surgical characteristics of retro-esophageal versus anterior located MAPCAs.METHODS: This was a retrospective review of 42 patients who had ...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - February 25, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Richard D Mainwaring Greg Adamson Frank L Hanley Source Type: research

Graft Type and Routing for Repair of Aortoesophageal Fistula
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Feb 22:S0003-4975(21)00324-6. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.01.062. Online ahead of print.NO ABSTRACTPMID:33631152 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.01.062 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - February 25, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Yuanjia Zhu Anson M Lee Source Type: research

Repair of Pulmonary Vascular Injury: A Take-Home Low Fidelity Simulator
We present a low-cost, simple simulation model of major vascular injury repair for cardiothoracic trainees. This model uses commercially available orthopedic elastic bands to allow repetitive practice of skills necessary during these rare but critical clinical scenarios. Practicing core skills in the simulation setting will help residents be better prepared when the situation arises.PMID:33631153 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.12.086 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - February 25, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Matthew Lamb Vanessa M Bazan Michael D Jax Joseph B Zwischenberger Shari L Meyerson Source Type: research

Regionalization Done Well Benefits All Patients
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Feb 22:S0003-4975(21)00320-9. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.11.088. Online ahead of print.NO ABSTRACTPMID:33631154 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.11.088 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - February 25, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Karl F Welke Tara Karamlou Source Type: research

Polytetrafluoroethylene Tricuspid Valved Conduit for Right Ventricular Outflow Tract Reconstruction
We present a technique for construction of a handmade tricuspid valved polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) conduit for use in patients of all ages requiring RVOT reconstruction at the time of congenital cardiac surgery. This conduit provides an economically advantageous and readily available option globally when compared to homograft, without sacrificing surgical results.PMID:33631155 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.11.090 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - February 25, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Garrett N Coyan Luciana Da Fonseca Da Silva Jose P Da Silva Melita Viegas Victor O Morell Mario Castro-Medina Source Type: research

Endobronchial Therapy for Non-emphysematous Giant Bullae
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Feb 22:S0003-4975(21)00329-5. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.11.092. Online ahead of print.NO ABSTRACTPMID:33631156 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.11.092 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - February 25, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Kudzayi Kutywayo Joyce Thekkudan Sridhar Rathinam Source Type: research

Less invasive left ventricular assist device implantation with "Furoshiki" technique
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Feb 22:S0003-4975(21)00328-3. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.11.091. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTIn recent years, a less invasive approach has progressively become the first choice for left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation. However, in the setting of bridge to transplantation device-related dense adhesions particularly at the thoracotomy site still remain a cumbersome problem at the time of heart transplantation. We propose a technique termed "Furoshiki" with the double wrapping of the LVAD at the primary less invasive implantation consisting of complete wrapping of LVAD with ...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - February 25, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Yukiharu Sugimura Shintaro Katahira Hug Aubin Udo Boeken Artur Lichtenberg Payam Akhyari Source Type: research

Clinical and echocardiographic results of AVR in the failing ventricle: do AS and AR differ?
CONCLUSIONS: The pattern of LV recovery appears to be early in AS and delayed in AR. Baseline clinical factors, rather than echocardiographic status of the LV, appear to determine late survival.PMID:33631158 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.016 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - February 25, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Michael Ibrahim Audrey E Spelde Wilson Y Szeto Michael A Acker Pavan Atluri Joshua Grimm Marisa Cevasco Prasanth Vallabhajosyula Joseph Bavaria Nimesh D Desai Matthew L Williams Source Type: research

The Weekend Effect - A Complex and Controversial Phenomenon
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Feb 22:S0003-4975(21)00323-4. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.014. Online ahead of print.NO ABSTRACTPMID:33631147 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.014 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - February 25, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Muhammad Siyab Panhwar Lars G Svensson Ankur Kalra Source Type: research

The risk of reintervention of the Mitroflow and Trifecta bioprosthesis
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Feb 22:S0003-4975(21)00321-0. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.11.089. Online ahead of print.NO ABSTRACTPMID:33631148 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.11.089 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - February 25, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Ka Yan Lam Naomi Timmermans Mohamed Soliman-Hamad Source Type: research

Which one you rather have if you are fifty: TAVR vs. small - incision AVR vs. full sternotomy AVR
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Feb 22:S0003-4975(21)00322-2. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.12.085. Online ahead of print.NO ABSTRACTPMID:33631149 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.12.085 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - February 25, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Mehrdad Ghoreishi Chetan Pasrija Zachary Kon Source Type: research

Donor Pulmonary vein anomalies: What's in your toolbox?
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Feb 22:S0003-4975(21)00330-1. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.015. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTPulmonary vein anomalies are often unrecognized during donor lung procurement. Consequently, they are at high risk for injury and this leaves the implanting surgeon with an unpleasant surprise. An innovative approach can help resolve the situation. We wish to highlight our experience with an anomalous left upper pulmonary vein and describe a novel reconstruction technique.PMID:33631150 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.015 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - February 25, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Suresh Keshavamurthy Vipin Dulam Steve W Leung Mohammed A Kashem Yoshiya Toyoda Source Type: research

To unifocalize or not to unifocalize?: A comparison of retro-esophageal versus anterior collaterals
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Feb 22:S0003-4975(21)00333-7. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.017. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTBACKGROUND: The anatomy of major aortopulmonary collateral arteries (MAPCAs) can be highly variable with regard to number, anatomic origin, course, and relationship to the native pulmonary arteries. Some MAPCAs travel behind the esophagus (retro-esophageal) and bronchus before entering the lung parenchyma. The purpose of this study was to compare the physiologic and surgical characteristics of retro-esophageal versus anterior located MAPCAs.METHODS: This was a retrospective review of 42 patients who had ...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - February 25, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Richard D Mainwaring Greg Adamson Frank L Hanley Source Type: research

Graft Type and Routing for Repair of Aortoesophageal Fistula
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Feb 22:S0003-4975(21)00324-6. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.01.062. Online ahead of print.NO ABSTRACTPMID:33631152 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.01.062 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - February 25, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Yuanjia Zhu Anson M Lee Source Type: research

Repair of Pulmonary Vascular Injury: A Take-Home Low Fidelity Simulator
We present a low-cost, simple simulation model of major vascular injury repair for cardiothoracic trainees. This model uses commercially available orthopedic elastic bands to allow repetitive practice of skills necessary during these rare but critical clinical scenarios. Practicing core skills in the simulation setting will help residents be better prepared when the situation arises.PMID:33631153 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.12.086 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - February 25, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Matthew Lamb Vanessa M Bazan Michael D Jax Joseph B Zwischenberger Shari L Meyerson Source Type: research

Regionalization Done Well Benefits All Patients
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Feb 22:S0003-4975(21)00320-9. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.11.088. Online ahead of print.NO ABSTRACTPMID:33631154 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.11.088 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - February 25, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Karl F Welke Tara Karamlou Source Type: research

Polytetrafluoroethylene Tricuspid Valved Conduit for Right Ventricular Outflow Tract Reconstruction
We present a technique for construction of a handmade tricuspid valved polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) conduit for use in patients of all ages requiring RVOT reconstruction at the time of congenital cardiac surgery. This conduit provides an economically advantageous and readily available option globally when compared to homograft, without sacrificing surgical results.PMID:33631155 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.11.090 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - February 25, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Garrett N Coyan Luciana Da Fonseca Da Silva Jose P Da Silva Melita Viegas Victor O Morell Mario Castro-Medina Source Type: research

Endobronchial Therapy for Non-emphysematous Giant Bullae
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Feb 22:S0003-4975(21)00329-5. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.11.092. Online ahead of print.NO ABSTRACTPMID:33631156 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.11.092 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - February 25, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Kudzayi Kutywayo Joyce Thekkudan Sridhar Rathinam Source Type: research

Less invasive left ventricular assist device implantation with "Furoshiki" technique
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Feb 22:S0003-4975(21)00328-3. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.11.091. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTIn recent years, a less invasive approach has progressively become the first choice for left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation. However, in the setting of bridge to transplantation device-related dense adhesions particularly at the thoracotomy site still remain a cumbersome problem at the time of heart transplantation. We propose a technique termed "Furoshiki" with the double wrapping of the LVAD at the primary less invasive implantation consisting of complete wrapping of LVAD with ...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - February 25, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Yukiharu Sugimura Shintaro Katahira Hug Aubin Udo Boeken Artur Lichtenberg Payam Akhyari Source Type: research

Clinical and echocardiographic results of AVR in the failing ventricle: do AS and AR differ?
CONCLUSIONS: The pattern of LV recovery appears to be early in AS and delayed in AR. Baseline clinical factors, rather than echocardiographic status of the LV, appear to determine late survival.PMID:33631158 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.016 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - February 25, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Michael Ibrahim Audrey E Spelde Wilson Y Szeto Michael A Acker Pavan Atluri Joshua Grimm Marisa Cevasco Prasanth Vallabhajosyula Joseph Bavaria Nimesh D Desai Matthew L Williams Source Type: research

The Weekend Effect - A Complex and Controversial Phenomenon
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Feb 22:S0003-4975(21)00323-4. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.014. Online ahead of print.NO ABSTRACTPMID:33631147 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.014 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - February 25, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Muhammad Siyab Panhwar Lars G Svensson Ankur Kalra Source Type: research

The risk of reintervention of the Mitroflow and Trifecta bioprosthesis
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Feb 22:S0003-4975(21)00321-0. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.11.089. Online ahead of print.NO ABSTRACTPMID:33631148 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.11.089 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - February 25, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Ka Yan Lam Naomi Timmermans Mohamed Soliman-Hamad Source Type: research

Which one you rather have if you are fifty: TAVR vs. small - incision AVR vs. full sternotomy AVR
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Feb 22:S0003-4975(21)00322-2. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.12.085. Online ahead of print.NO ABSTRACTPMID:33631149 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.12.085 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - February 25, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Mehrdad Ghoreishi Chetan Pasrija Zachary Kon Source Type: research

Donor Pulmonary vein anomalies: What's in your toolbox?
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Feb 22:S0003-4975(21)00330-1. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.015. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTPulmonary vein anomalies are often unrecognized during donor lung procurement. Consequently, they are at high risk for injury and this leaves the implanting surgeon with an unpleasant surprise. An innovative approach can help resolve the situation. We wish to highlight our experience with an anomalous left upper pulmonary vein and describe a novel reconstruction technique.PMID:33631150 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.015 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - February 25, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Suresh Keshavamurthy Vipin Dulam Steve W Leung Mohammed A Kashem Yoshiya Toyoda Source Type: research

To unifocalize or not to unifocalize?: A comparison of retro-esophageal versus anterior collaterals
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Feb 22:S0003-4975(21)00333-7. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.017. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTBACKGROUND: The anatomy of major aortopulmonary collateral arteries (MAPCAs) can be highly variable with regard to number, anatomic origin, course, and relationship to the native pulmonary arteries. Some MAPCAs travel behind the esophagus (retro-esophageal) and bronchus before entering the lung parenchyma. The purpose of this study was to compare the physiologic and surgical characteristics of retro-esophageal versus anterior located MAPCAs.METHODS: This was a retrospective review of 42 patients who had ...
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - February 25, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Richard D Mainwaring Greg Adamson Frank L Hanley Source Type: research

Graft Type and Routing for Repair of Aortoesophageal Fistula
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Feb 22:S0003-4975(21)00324-6. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.01.062. Online ahead of print.NO ABSTRACTPMID:33631152 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.01.062 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - February 25, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Yuanjia Zhu Anson M Lee Source Type: research

Repair of Pulmonary Vascular Injury: A Take-Home Low Fidelity Simulator
We present a low-cost, simple simulation model of major vascular injury repair for cardiothoracic trainees. This model uses commercially available orthopedic elastic bands to allow repetitive practice of skills necessary during these rare but critical clinical scenarios. Practicing core skills in the simulation setting will help residents be better prepared when the situation arises.PMID:33631153 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.12.086 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - February 25, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Matthew Lamb Vanessa M Bazan Michael D Jax Joseph B Zwischenberger Shari L Meyerson Source Type: research

Regionalization Done Well Benefits All Patients
Ann Thorac Surg. 2021 Feb 22:S0003-4975(21)00320-9. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.11.088. Online ahead of print.NO ABSTRACTPMID:33631154 | DOI:10.1016/j.athoracsur.2020.11.088 (Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery)
Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - February 25, 2021 Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Karl F Welke Tara Karamlou Source Type: research