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Ann Thorac Surg. 2005 Jan;79(1):363-4.

Hydrodissection in redo sternotomies.

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Department of Cardiac Surgery, The Prince Charles Hospital, Chermside, QLD, Australia. rossmejia@hotmail.com

Abstract

Injection of pressurized normal saline into the retrosternal tissue has been used in redo sternotomies. This technique has been labeled as hydrodissection. It is a simple but effective technique to help minimize the trauma and risk of complications in redo sternotomies. My colleagues and I present a series of 6 consecutive patients in whom hydrodissection was performed. There was no injury to the heart or any vessel on reentry.

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