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Ann Thorac Surg. 2018 Feb;105(2):645-649. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2017.07.054. Epub 2017 Nov 27.

Novel Automated Suturing Technology for Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Replacements.

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Division of Cardiac Surgery, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York. Electronic address:
Division of Cardiac Surgery, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York.
LSI SOLUTIONS, Victor, New York.



Annular suture placement during minimally invasive right anterior thoracotomy aortic valve replacements (MI-AVR) can be challenging. We present the early clinical experience with novel automated suturing technology that may reduce the technical difficulty of this operation.


The technology presented involves an automated articulating suturing device that simultaneously drives dual-curved needles through the aortic annulus to place a pledgeted horizontal mattress suture remotely; a second device with 2 straight needles places suture through the sewing cuff of a prosthetic heart valve.


Automated annular suturing was used in five MI-AVR procedures, which were successfully completed, with no paravalvular leaks detected and a mean aortic valve gradient of 6.4 mm Hg postprocedure. Mean aortic cross-clamp and cardiopulmonary bypass times were 100 and 134 minutes, respectively. All 5 patients were successfully discharged home, with a mean intensive care unit and total length of stay of 2 and 7 days, respectively.


Automated suturing during MI-AVRs is feasible and may reduce the technical challenge of this operation. Further research is necessary to determine its effect on patient outcomes.

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