Reoperative Cardiac Surgery: Part I – Preoperative Planning

Authors

  • Curt Tribble, MD Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1532/hsf.1986

Abstract

While reoperative cardiac surgery has become safer in recent years, it is still more difficult and dangerous than a primary operation. In a recent review of the Cleveland Clinic’s experience, 7% of the patients undergoing cardiac reoperations had major intraoperative adverse events (IAEs). In that report, if an IAE occurred, there was a 5% mortality and a 19% incidence of myocardial infarction (MI), stroke, or death [Roselli 2011]. Those are sobering statistics, particularly when reported by one of the busiest cardiac surgical services in the world. The take-home message is that reoperative cardiac surgery is riskier than primary cardiac operations and that there are strategies that should be employed at each juncture to lower the risks of a reoperation.

However, many of these strategies and recommendations have been more implicit than explicit. In fact, surprisingly little has been written about reoperative cardiac surgery. Thus, it seems appropriate to collect some of the lessons, adages, tricks, and tools that might make reoperations a click safer.

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Published

2018-02-26

How to Cite

Tribble, MD, C. (2018). Reoperative Cardiac Surgery: Part I – Preoperative Planning. The Heart Surgery Forum, 21(1), E063-E069. https://doi.org/10.1532/hsf.1986

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