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Right Heart Operations Without Cardiopulmonary Bypass: The Use of Temporary Total Cavopulmonary Connection

Authors
Journal
The Annals of Thoracic Surgery
0003-4975
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
84
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2007.02.031
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Medicine

Abstract

Although cardiopulmonary bypass is essential for most cardiac operations, it is preferable to avoid it because of its nonphysiologic nature and complications. For coronary artery bypass surgeries, off-pump methods have been developed, but few advances have been made for intracardiac operations. We have developed a technique to perform operations inside the right heart chambers without using cardiopulmonary bypass. In this technique, blood from cavae is directly guided toward the pulmonary artery using cannulas.

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