minithoracotomy

min·i·thor·a·cot·o·my

any thoracotomy involving less muscle division than the classic posterolateral thoracotomy.
[colloquial]

min·i·thor·a·cot·o·my

(min'ē-thōr'ă-kot'ă-mē)
Any thoracotomy involving less muscle division than the classic posterolateral thoracotomy
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A new resynchronization therapy was identified to be done and PM upgrade was performed: due to the failure of coronary sinus lead implantation, the pacing electrode was implanted using a transapical approach (by a left minithoracotomy and transthoracic two-stage Seldinger-type puncture and dilatation of the apex) and it was placed on the interventricular septum (Fig.
In the multicenter experience reported at PCR London Valves, approximately 62 percent of the patients received the replacement valve through a minithoracotomy (an opening between two ribs), and other patients received the valve through a ministernotomy (an opening through the sternum); both procedures are minimally-invasive and are performed without stopping the heart or penetrating the heart's ventricular wall.
Wolf et al pioneered this innovation, conducting a video-assisted bilateral PVI and LAA exclusion via minithoracotomy in 27 patients with AF (18 with paroxysmal AF, 4 with persistent AF, and 5 with permanent AF) whose condition was intolerant to or refractory to pharmacologic interventions (42).
A right anterior minithoracotomy was also performed at that time.