Use of an Inexpensive Blue Band During Ventricular Assist Device and Total Artificial Heart Placement Facilitates and Expedites Explantation During Heart Transplant

Dawn E. Jaroszewski, Jesse J. Lackey, Louis A. Lanza, Patrick A. DeValeria, Francisco A. Arabia

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Abstract

Ventricular assist devices and total artificial hearts are now being used routinely as a bridge to heart transplantation. Reoperation is often weeks to months from implantation. Difficulty dissecting mediastinal and cardiac structures is often encountered due to adhesion formation that prolongs operative time. A temporary, flexible, rectangular-shaped polyisoprene blue band is used to encircle major vascular structures. We have found that this facilitates identification, reduces adhesion formation, and expedites device removal at the time of heart transplantation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1623-1624
Number of pages2
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Volume87
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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