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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.


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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