Minimal Access Cardiac Surgery: Where We Are & How Far Are We Going?

Published: 2013-09-24

Together with a group of international experts and trendsetters in cardiac surgery, Journal of Thoracic Disease is going to launch a special issue on Minimal Access Cardiac Surgery by the end of 2013. The Guest Editors for this special issue, Dr. Shahzad G. Raja & Dr. Mohamed Amrani, are consultant cardiac surgeons at Harefield Hospital, London, United Kingdom with considerable experience of performing minimal access cardiac surgery.

By demonstrating the up-to-date surgical techniques in minimal access cardiac surgery, including the techniques of minimal access coronary artery bypass surgery, minimal access aortic valve surgery, minimal access mitral valve surgery, and other minimal access cardiac operations, this special issue will provide a comprehensive review of the development of minimal access cardiac surgery. This special issue is aimed at providing a good platform for the exchange and dissemination of knowledge about surgical techniques in minimal access cardiac surgery so as to improve the adoption of these techniques by the wider cardiac surgical community. It is expected that this special issue will prove to be useful addition to the existing literature on the subject and enable the readership of JTD to familiarize with the recent advances in the field of minimal access cardiac surgery.

Topics to be covered in the special issue are as follows:


Past, present, and future of minimal access cardiac surgery
Authors: Shahzad G. Raja & Mohamed Amrani
Department of Cardiac Surgery, Harefield Hospital, London, UK


Endoscopic Vein Harvesting for Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting
Author: Shahzad G. Raja
Department of Cardiac Surgery, Harefield Hospital, London, UK

Minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass
Author: Ramachandra C. Reddy
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, New York, USA

Port-access coronary bypass grafting
Author: Fadi Farhat
Department of Cardiovascular Surgery B, Hôpital Cardiovasculaire et Pneumologique Louis Pradel, Université Claude Bernard, Bron Cedex, France

Robotically assisted totally endoscopic coronary bypass surgery
Author: Johannes Bonatti
University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA


Aortic valve replacement via minimal-access complete sternotomy
Authors: Shahzad G. Raja & Umberto Benedetto
Department of Cardiac Surgery, Harefield Hospital, London, UK

Aortic valve replacement through J-shaped partial upper sternotomy
Authors: Shahzad G. Raja & Mohamed Amrani
Department of Cardiac Surgery, Harefield Hospital, London, UK

Aortic valve replacement using a partial sternotomy (lower half) technique
Author: John R. Doty
Cardiothoraci Surgeon, Itermountain Medical Centre, Murray, UT, USA

Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement via right anterior minithoracotomy
Authors: Michele Murzi & Mattia Glauber
Hospital and Research Institute CREAS IFC CNR, G. Pasquinucci Heart Hospital, Via Aurelia Sud, Massa, Italy

Reoperative minimal access aortic valve replacement
Authors: Tsuyoshi Kaneko, Marzia Leacche, John Byrne, Lawrence Cohn
Division of Cardiac Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA


Minimally invasive mitral valve surgery through right anterior thoracotomy under direct vision
Authors: Aubrey C Galloway & Alison Ward
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, New York University Medical Center, New York, USA

Port access video-assisted mitral valve surgery
Author: Ernesto Greco
SAPIENZA University of Rome - Policlinico Umberto Iº Rome, Rome, Italy

Minimally invasive robotic mitral valve surgery
Author: W. Randolph Chitwood, Jr.
Chief Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, East Carolina Heart Institute, Greenville, NC, USA

Minimally invasive approach for redo mitral valve surgery
Author: Luca Botta
Cardiac Surgery Unit, Cardio-Thoracic Department, Niguarda Cà Granda Hospital, Milano, Italy


Minimally invasive surgery for atrial fibrillation
Author: M. Zembala
Department of Cardiac Surgery and Transplantology, Silesian Centre For Heart Diseases, Zabrze, Poland