Oleg Svanidze

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CardioARM, a highly flexible "snakelike" medical robotic system (Medrobotics, Raynham, MA), has been developed to allow physicians to view, access, and perform complex procedures intrapericardially on the beating heart through a single-access port. Transthoracic epicardial catheter mapping and ablation has emerged as a strategy to treat arrhythmias,(More)
Training models are needed to perform accurate off-pump coronary artery bypass (OPCAB) surgery and to test evolving new technologies like minimally invasive devices and robotics. We describe a simple, effective and reproducible live animal training model to perform multiple arterial anastomoses on the beating heart that would maximize the use of available(More)
The main cause of cardiac valve bioprosthesis dysfunction is mechanical rupture of the cusps consequent upon the development of "fatigue" tensions and calcification of the biologic tissue. The technology of "Bionix" prostheses manufacturing implies prevention of these complications by means of supporting frameworks of variable rigidity (dumping stroke(More)
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