Benefits and complications of total sternotomy and ministernotomy in cardiac surgery.

Abstract

Ministernotomy (MS) is a well-known procedure developed in the past ten years along with the rise of minimally invasive cardiac surgery. Upper, mid, or inferior partial sternotomies allow coronary surgery, as well as aortic and mitral valve approaches. Contrary to anterior thoracotomy, access to the great vessels is sometimes easy, which renders central… (More)

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