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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2001 October;42(5):643-6

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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


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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.

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