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This study demonstrates the risk adjusted cumulative sum analysis of an individual surgical learning curve for acute type A aortic dissection surgery. Thirty consecutive patients were operated by a single surgeon for acute type A aortic dissection from April 2001 to March 2008. Operative variables, mortality, and major morbidities were analyzed. The(More)
Exposure of the mitral valve is of critical importance in mitral valve surgery. The mitral valve is located near the interatrial groove. As we accumulated experience and learned from embryology, we found that a more central left atriotomy was advantageous, and was made possible by interatrial groove dissection using an ultrasonic scalpel. This crucial(More)
We sought to investigate the effects of the left internal mammary artery anastomosed to the left anterior descending artery for improving mid-term outcome in patients with severe left ventricular dysfunction. Twenty consecutive coronary artery bypass grafts performed by a single surgeon for less than 35% ejection fraction patients were reviewed(More)
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