Septal-superior exposure of the mitral valve. The transplant approach.

  title={Septal-superior exposure of the mitral valve. The transplant approach.},
  author={Craig R Smith},
  journal={The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery},
  volume={103 4},
  • Craig R Smith
  • Published 1992 in
    The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular…
The technique used for transplant recipient cardiectomy can be modified to improve exposure of the mitral valve in patients with difficult anatomy. Right atrial and septal incisions are joined at the superior end of the interatrial septum and extended across the dome of the left atrium to the base of the left atrial appendage. Retraction of the right ventricle to the left bivalves the left atrium along an axis extending from the appendage to the inferior end of the septum, producing uniquely… CONTINUE READING