Combined Transapical Aortic Valve Replacement and Minimally Invasive Direct Coronary Bypass Grafting—A New Concept for Selected High-Risk Patients
Background: Transcatheter aortic valve implantation and minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass (MIDCAB) procedures are both off-pump treatment options for a subset of higher-risk patients. We present a new, minimally invasive surgical concept involving combining the procedures and performing them through the same thoracic access in a patient with a vascular disorder.
Case Report: We report on a 78-year-old patient with symptomatic calcified aortic stenosis and a critical lesion of the left anterior descending coronary artery. In addition, Rendu-Osler-Weber disease was diagnosed. He was successfully treated with combined off-pump transapical, transcatheter aortic valve implantation and MIDCAB grafting. The initial postoperative recovery was good; however, the patient died 3 months postoperatively from septic complications.
Conclusion: This combined procedure performed through the same anterolateral incision was technically feasible and may be a promising, minimally invasive approach for selected patients.
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