Minimally invasive internal thoracic artery harvest: the hybrid approach

Massimo Massetti, G Babatasi, P Nataf, S Bhoyroo, O Le Page, A. Khayat

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BACKGROUND: Safe harvesting of the left internal thoracic artery is a difficult problem during minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting without cardiopulmonary bypass. A complete internal thoracic artery dissection through a limited approach is technically demanding and time consuming and different techniques have been proposed. METHODS AND RESULTS: Based on our experience, the different surgical approaches and technical considerations are reviewed. CONCLUSIONS: A hybrid technique using dissection under direct vision and completed by thoracoscopy is discussed and proposed as our preferred technique of internal thoracic artery harvesting.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)632-634
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Publication statusPublished - 1999


  • Aged
  • Coronary Artery Bypass
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mammary Arteries
  • Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures
  • Thoracoscopy
  • Video Recording


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