Nonsternotomy Approaches for Left Ventricular Assist Device Placement

Simon Maltais, Matthew R. Danter, Nicholas A. Haglund, Jan D. Schmitto, John M. Stulak

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Minimally invasive and alternative surgical techniques for long-term contemporary left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) placement are feasible, and we believe such strategies allow the development of novel and less traumatic surgical options for advanced heart failure patients undergoing continuous-flow (CF) LVAD implantation. These approaches also promise the possibility of increasing the number of high-risk surgical patients who could benefit from CFLVAD therapies. This manuscript presents details a variety of surgical strategies using less invasive and alternative strategies for long-term LVAD implants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)276-291
Number of pages16
JournalOperative Techniques in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 3 2014


  • Alternative surgical approaches
  • Left thoracotomy
  • Left ventricular assist device
  • Minimally invasive

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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