Minimally invasive management of central ECMO after ascending aortic surgery

Roberto Lorusso*, Elham Bidar, Ehsan Natour, Samuel Heuts

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A small percentage of ascending aortic surgical procedures require temporary mechanical circulatory support, of which veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (V-A ECMO) is the most established technique. We present a surgical technique for minimally invasive central V-A ECMO management, avoiding resternotomy or ventricular compression, while maintaining antegrade blood flow and permitting sternal closure following ascending aortic surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-133
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Cardiac Surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019


  • aortic surgery
  • mechanical circulatory support
  • minimally invasive surgery
  • V-A ECMO

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