Joel Dunning from CTSNet talks with Marc Gillinov, cardiac surgeon and Surgical Director of the Center for Atrial Fibrillation at Cleveland Clinic. In this interview, Mr. Dunning and Dr. Gillinov discuss mitral valve repair through minimally invasive and robotic techniques. Dr. Gillinov details his techniques for mitral valve repair, from the placement of the incision to resection and closure. Dr. Gillinov stresses the importance of customizing techniques and approaches to each individual patient. He also discusses his use of the PleuraFlow System (24:15) and states that “It’s simple, it’s intuitive, and it’s just another thing to make it (cardiac surgery) safer.”
Heart Surgeons are often faced with a dilemma: They put in chest tubes to drain shed blood from around the heart and lungs after heart surgery. This is because all patients bleed for a few hours after heart surgery until they are stabilized in the ICU.
Today, ventricular assist devices (VAD) are routinely used to partially or completely replace the function of a failing heart.(1) While this quantum leap forward is good news for patients with advanced heart failure, there are still significant risks involved – particularly short-term complications that continue to threaten major morbidity. Yet by implementing a few simple but crucial protocols, you can greatly speed recovery, lower the costs of care, and ensure optimal outcomes for your patient.