Conversion to sternotomy during sternal-sparing coronary artery surgery.

Research paper by Giuseppe M GM Raffa, Fabrizio F Settepani

Indexed on: 01 May '13Published on: 01 May '13Published in: Journal of Cardiac Surgery


Conversion to a full sternotomy may complicate up to 1.8% of the sternal-sparing coronary artery surgery. Left internal mammary artery injury and anastomotic problems are the common causes. The purpose of this article is to retrospectively review the outcomes of six patients that required conversion to sternotomy during minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass and also to point out technical aspects in order to avoid such a complication.