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THE JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY
A Journal on Cardiac, Vascular and Thoracic Surgery
Indexed/Abstracted in: BIOSIS Previews, Current Contents/Clinical Medicine, EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Scopus
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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2001 October;42(5):643-6
Modified method for epicardial constriction: the electric-Waffle procedure
Kao C. L., Chang J. P.
From the Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, ROC
Residual epicardial constriction after pericardiectomy prevents good results. The Waffle procedure, incising the fibrotic epicardium in a crosshatched manner, is frequently used to release the epicardial constriction. In this report, we describe a modification of the Waffle procedure, which uses the electrocautery unit and watching the standard monitoring equipment for arrhythmia, to perform multiple epicardial incisions.