Felix Schoeneich

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BACKGROUND Minimized extracorporeal circulation is intended to reduce the negative effects associated with cardiopulmonary bypass. This prospective study was performed to evaluate whether minimized extracorporeal circulation has a clinical benefit for coronary artery surgery patients compared to standard extracorporeal circulation. METHODS Sixty patients(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Excessive obesity is considered to be a risk factor in coronary bypass grafting. The aim of the current study was to examine if grossly overweight patients with a body mass index (BMI) > 35 suffer from higher morbidity and mortality when compared with patients with normal body weight (BMI = 20-25). PATIENTS AND METHODS 206(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study is to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a novel 30 degrees end-to-side coronary anastomotic coupler (Converge Medical, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA) that facilitates a non-penetrating, sutureless vein graft to coronary artery anastomosis. MATERIAL AND METHODS The Coupler utilizes a set of concentric mating frames approximating(More)
Saphenous vein graft patency is frequently limited by degeneration. Experimental studies have indicated that rigid external support of venous grafts by a flexible, tubular nitinol mesh may improve graft patency. The study presented was part of a prospective, randomized, multicenter first-in-man trial investigating the safety and effectiveness of(More)
BACKGROUND Acute type A aortic dissection (AAD) is a life-threatening disorder with a high rate of mortality and complications. All cannulation techniques currently used to establish arterial flow for cardiopulmonary bypass are associated with a considerable risk of organ malperfusion, stroke, or access site trauma. Here, we report the impact of transatrial(More)
BACKGROUND Non-invasive continous monitoring of finger arterial pressure has gained increasing interest. The aim of the present study was to compare the accuracy of non-invasive reconstructed brachial artery pressure by the Nexfin™ device (NFAP) with invasive femoral (IFAP) and radial (IRAP) artery pressure before and after cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). (More)
Background Acute aortic dissection type A (AADA) is one of the most life-threatening situations and surgical demanding procedures even today. Usually AADA develops spontaneously, but it can be related also to interventional procedures. Methods We analyzed the data of 14 patients surgically treated in our institution with catheter-induced AADA (ciAADA)(More)
Surgical revascularization allows especially for the diabetic patient with coronary multi-vessel disease a superior long-termperspective compared to percutaneous coronary interventions. However, the specific advantages and also risks associated with the expanded use of arterial grafts as coronary conduits in diabetics are not clearly answered. A systemic(More)
OBJECTIVES Innovations in surgical techniques and perioperative management have continuously improved survival rates for acute aortic dissection type A (AADA). The aim of our study was to evaluate long-term outcome and quality of life (QoL) after surgery for AADA in elderly patients compared with younger patients. METHODS We retrospectively evaluated 242(More)