Insertion of Right Ventricular Assist Device and Its Removal Under Local Anesthesia

Authors

  • Tomas A. Salerno M.D.,

    1. Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Florida
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  • Marco Ricci M.D.,

    1. Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Florida
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  • Efren Buitrago M.D.,

    1. Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Florida
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  • Enisa M.F. Carvalho B.Sc.,

    1. Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Florida
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  • Anthony L. Panos M.D.

    1. Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Florida
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Address for correspondence: Tomas A. Salerno, M.D., Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, 1611 NW 12th Street, Miami, FL 33136. Fax:; e-mail: tsalerno@med.miami.edu

Abstract

AbstractA patient with acute right ventricular infarction was treated with coronary artery bypass grafting. A few days later developed right ventricular failure and required insertion of a right ventricular assist device through a sternotomy approach (TandemHeart®, CardiacAssist, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA, USA). We herein report a technique in which the removal of the right ventricular assist device is performed under local anesthesia without a sternotomy incision.(J Card Surg 2010;25:113-115)

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