Key-Lock Type Mini-Sternotomy: An Alternative Approach for Adult Cardiac Operations

Dumantepe M. , Tarhan A., Ozler A.

HEART SURGERY FORUM, vol.16, no.2, 2013 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 16 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1532/hsf98.20121096
  • Title of Journal : HEART SURGERY FORUM


An alternative technique for minimally invasive aortic valve replacement and atrial septal defect repair is described. After a 5-cm skin incision, a key-lock type sternotomy is made. Excellent exposure of the right atrium and aortic valve was achieved. The configuration of the mini-sternotomy (or the lock) limits the movement of the sternal surfaces (or the key) on the lateral and craniocaudal directions.