Ann Thorac Surg 1985;40:630
© 1985 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons
A Sterile, Delayed-Closure Technique for Placement of a Left Ventricular Assist Device
Irving L. Kron, M.D.*,
Warren Glover, M.D.,
Curt G. Tribble, M.D.
From the Department of Surgery, University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville, VA
Accepted for publication March 8, 1985.
* Address reprint requests to Dr. Kron, Box 181, Department of Surgery, University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville, VA 22908
A simplified technique of left ventricular assist device placement using Silastic sheeting attached to the presternal fascia and skin is described. This technique allows viewing of cardiac action and prevents cardiac compression by sternal closure. Removal of the assist device is simple because the sternum does not have to be reopened.
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