is required, -- Simple graft loading procedure (< 20 seconds), with minimal graft manipulation, -- Rapid coupler deployment (< 5 seconds), -- System does not enlarge or expand the aortotomy
during coupler deployment, -- No introducer or plunger is required for coupler deployment -- only a simple $2.
Although the sizing is generally not done until cardiotomy or aortotomy
has been performed, the size of a substitute valve chosen should take into consideration the lean weight of the patient and the type of hemodynamic valvular lesion present and, in my view, be roughly decided on before the patient and the surgeon enter the operating room.
The SoftClamp systems provide easy access to the aorta, cardioplegia delivery, venting, gentle balloon occlusion and perfusion through a single aortotomy
, it was seen that the one centimeter long mouth of the fistula was opening to right coronary ostium and the laceration was extending to the aorta (Fig.
The ventricular septal defect in the present patient could be closed via aortotomy
using suture alone or patch.
, native aortic valve was explored revealing that it was bicuspid in nature with en bloc calcification.
was extended to the lesser curvature of aorta.