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Ann Thorac Surg. 2012 Feb;93(2):674-6. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2011.09.055.

HeartWare left ventricular assist device implantation through bilateral anterior thoracotomy.

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Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Transplantation, Harefield Hospital, London, United Kingdom. a.popov@rbht.nhs.uk

Abstract

The HeartWare left ventricular assist device (LVAD) is a new addition to the family of second-generation continuous-flow LVADs. The miniaturized dimensions of the HeartWare LVAD provide the opportunity for its safe implantation through nonsternotomy incisions. We present our technique for HeartWare LVAD implantation through bilateral anterior thoracotomy incisions. This technique has proved to be safe and reproducible, with good clinical outcome.

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