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J Card Surg. 2010 Jan-Feb;25(1):113-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-8191.2008.00780.x. Epub 2009 Jun 15.

Insertion of right ventricular assist device and its removal under local anesthesia.

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  • 1Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Florida 33136, USA.


A patient with acute right ventricular infarction was treated with coronary artery bypass grafting. A few days later developed right ventricular failure and required insertion of a right ventricular assist device through a sternotomy approach (TandemHeart, CardiacAssist, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA, USA). We herein report a technique in which the removal of the right ventricular assist device is performed under local anesthesia without a sternotomy incision.

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