Giuseppe Maria Raffa

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Aortic false aneurysm is a rare complication after cardiac surgery. In recent years, improved results have been reported in regard to the surgical management of these high-risk lesions. We retrospectively examined 28 consecutive cases (in 27 patients) of postsurgical aortic false aneurysm diagnosed at our institution from May 1999 through December 2011.(More)
OBJECTIVE Aortic valve surgery with a patent left internal mammary artery (LIMA) on the left anterior descending (LAD) coronary artery is challenging in terms of myocardial protection and graft injury. Minimally invasive techniques may require minimal dissection of adhesions and may eventually decrease the risk of injuries. METHODS Since 1997, more than(More)
BACKGROUND Use of minimally invasive approaches in cardiac surgery is increasing, obtaining a wide consensus and representing a challenging alternative technique for many surgeons. We report our experience of the treatment of ascending aorta disease using the Bentall-De Bono procedure through a minimally invasive approach. METHODS Between September 1997(More)
AIM Minimally invasive coronary artery bypass (MIDCAB) allows revascularization of the left anterior descending coronary (LAD) artery through a less traumatic surgical approach. However, the procedure is technically challenging and concern still exists, mainly based on graft patency. The purpose of this study is to critically evaluate short and long-term(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE STUDY Endothelin-1 (ET-1) and B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) have been reported to be involved in numerous cardiovascular diseases. The study aim was to monitor the circulating plasma levels of these peptides in patients affected by aortic disease, and to identify any changes in such levels after surgical treatment. METHODS A(More)
Endoventricular thrombolytic procedure (ETP) has been used to treat continuous-flow left ventricle assist device (CF-LVAD) thrombosis. The study aims to investigate the occurrence of complications after ETP. Data were retrospectively reviewed and analyzed in a series of patients who underwent CF-LVAD followed by ETP. Since November 2010, 20 patients(More)
BACKGROUND Off-pump coronary artery bypass (OPCAB) has been shown to reduce the risk of neurologic complications as compared to coronary artery bypass grafting performed with cardiopulmonary bypass. Side-clamping of the aorta while constructing proximal anastomoses, however, still carries substantial risk of cerebral embolization. We aimed to perform a(More)