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Minerva Chirurgica 2009 December;64(6):665-8

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Resection and end-to-end anastomosis for ascending aortic aneurysm: surgical technique

Gaeta R., Savasta M., Tancredi F., Monaco F., Lentini S.

Cardiosurgery Unit, G. Martino Hospital, University of Messina, Messina, Italy


Treatment of ascending aortic aneurysm, without involvement of aortic sinuses of Valsalva, is usually treated by tube graft interposition. Nowadays, many alternative techniques were described. The technique of resection and end-to-end anastomosis has been already described both by our group and by other authors as well. This report will focus on some surgical details of this technique based on a ten-year-experience. The preoperative study of candidates amenable to undergo this technique has to be completed by a computed tomography-scan of thoracic aorta. The ideal candidate has an elongated aorta in the antero-lateral wall. As a consequence, the heart is usually displaced inferiorly and toward a more horizontal plane. The aortotomy is done circumferentially one and half cm above the aortic commissures. A wide wedge resection of the aortic wall is performed. The resected aortic wall is wider in the anterior part than in the posterior. A very accurate hemostasis of the fat tissue close to the pulmonary artery is achieved by diathermy. The amount of wedge resection is mainly dictated by the elongation of the aortic wall. In authors’ experience it usually ranges between 4 and 6 cm anteriorly and 1 cm posteriorly. The suture of the two stumps is performed by a running suture. The technique described has extensively been used; up today 136 patients undergo . According to authors’ opinion this technique can be a useful alternative to the tube graft interposition in selected patients.

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