Transthoracic access for transcatheter aortic valve replacement: technique using the Edwards Sapien Retroflex delivery system.

Research paper by Isaac I George, Jacob J Kriegel, Tamim T Nazif, Bindu B Kalesan, Jean-Michel JM Paradis, Omar O Khalique, Rebecca T RT Hahn, Martin B MB Leon, Susheel S Kodali, Mathew R MR Williams

Indexed on: 06 Jul '14Published on: 06 Jul '14Published in: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery


We describe our experience using the Edwards Sapien transfemoral Retroflex 3 catheter delivery system for transcatheter aortic valve replacement through the transapical and transaortic approaches. Transthoracic transcatheter valve replacement by the transapical and transaortic approaches can be safely and effectively performed with the Retroflex 3 delivery catheter, which affords several advantages over other available delivery devices.

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