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Vol 8, No 2 (March 2019): Robotic Thoracic Surgery

Extended thoracic lymph node dissection in robotic-assisted minimal invasive esophagectomy (RAMIE) for patients with superior mediastinal lymph node metastasis

Sylvia van der Horst, Michiel F. G. de Maat, Pieter C. van der Sluis, Jelle P. Ruurda, Richard van Hillegersberg

Robotic lobectomy for lung cancer: initial experience of a single institution in Korea

Seha Ahn, Jin Yong Jeong, Hyung Woo Kim, Joong Hyun Ahn, Giyong Noh, Soo Seog Park

Vol 7, No 4 (July 2018): Coronary Revascularisation—Cardiology for the Surgeon

Off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery with bilateral internal thoracic arteries: the Leipzig experience

Piroze M. Davierwala, Sergey Leontyev, Jens Garbade, Sven Lehmann, David Holzhey, Martin Misfeld, Michael A. Borger

The radial artery is protective in women and men following coronary artery bypass grafting—a substudy of the radial artery patency study

Derrick Y. Tam, Saswata Deb, Bao Nguyen, Dennis T. Ko, Reena Karkhanis, Fuad Moussa, Jaclyn Fremes, Eric A. Cohen, Sam Radhakrishnan, Stephen E. Fremes, on behalf of the Radial Artery Patency Study Investigators

Vol 7, No 2 (March 2018): Tracheal Surgery

Functional outcome after (laryngo)tracheal resection and reconstruction for acquired benign (laryngo)tracheal stenosis

Simone T. Timman, Christiana Schoemaker, Wilson W. L. Li, Henri A. M. Marres, Jimmie Honings, Wim J. Morshuis, Erik H. F. M. van der Heijden, Ad F. T. M. Verhagen

Vol 6, No 6 (November 2017): Marfan Syndrome

Biomechanical properties of the thoracic aorta in Marfan patients

Fatiesa Sulejmani, Anastassia Pokutta-Paskaleva, Bulat Ziganshin, Bradley Leshnower, Glen Iannucci, John Elefteriades, Wei Sun

Natural history of aortic root aneurysms in Marfan syndrome

Ayman Saeyeldin, Mohammad A. Zafar, Camilo A. Velasquez, Kevan Ip, Anton Gryaznov, Adam J. Brownstein, Yupeng Li, John A. Rizzo, Young Erben, Bulat A. Ziganshin, John A. Elefteriades

Vol 6, No 5 (September 2017): Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation

Outcomes of surgical and transcatheter aortic valve replacement in the octogenarians—surgery still the gold standard?

Sameer A. Hirji, Fernando Ramirez-Del Val, Ahmed A. Kolkailah, Julius I. Ejiofor, Siobhan McGurk, Ritam Chowdhury, Jiyae Lee, Pinak B. Shah, Piotr S. Sobieszczyk, Sary F. Aranki, Marc P. Pelletier, Prem S. Shekar, Tsuyoshi Kaneko

Clinical outcomes and prognostic factors of transcatheter aortic valve implantation in bicuspid aortic valve patients

Sung-Han Yoon, Rahul Sharma, Tarun Chakravarty, Hiroyuki Kawamori, Yoshio Maeno, Masaki Miyasaka, Takahiro Nomura, Tomoki Ochiai, Sharjeel Israr, Tanya Rami, Mamoo Nakamura, Wen Chen, Raj R. Makkar

Long-term outcomes and prosthesis performance after transcatheter aortic valve replacement: results of self-expandable and balloon-expandable transcatheter heart valves

Giuseppe Tarantini, Paola A. M. Purita, Augusto D’Onofrio, Chiara Fraccaro, Anna Chiara Frigo, Gianpiero D’Amico, Luca Nai Fovino, Marta Martin, Francesco Cardaioli, Mostafa R. A. Badawy, Massimo Napodano, Gino Gerosa, Sabino Iliceto

Parsimonious assessment for reoperative aortic valve replacement; the deterrent effect of low left ventricular ejection fraction and renal impairment

Maroun Yammine, Fernando Ramirez-Del Val, Julius I. Ejiofor, Robert C. Neely, Diana Shi, Siobhan McGurk, Sary F. Aranki, Tsuyoshi Kaneko, Prem S. Shekar

Vol 6, No 4 (July 2017): Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy

Hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy: the Mayo Clinic experience

Kunal D. Kotkar, Sameh M. Said, Joseph A. Dearani, Hartzell V. Schaff

Hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy—the Leipzig experience

Jawad Khalil, Michael Kuehl, Pirose Davierwala, Friedrich Wilhelm Mohr, Martin Misfeld

Results of surgical septal myectomy for obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: the Tufts experience

Hassan Rastegar, Griffin Boll, Ethan J. Rowin, Noreen Dolan, Catherine Carroll, James E. Udelson, Wendy Wang, Philip Carpino, Barry J. Maron, Martin S. Maron, Frederick Y. Chen

Alcohol septal ablation: in which patients and why?

Paolo Spirito, Jessica Rossi, Barry J. Maron

Vol 6, No 3 (May 2017): Tricuspid Valve Surgery

Surgical outcomes of isolated tricuspid valve procedures: repair versus replacement

Julius I. Ejiofor, Robert C. Neely, Maroun Yammine, Siobhan McGurk, Tsuyoshi Kaneko, Marzia Leacche, Lawrence H. Cohn, Prem S. Shekar

Vol 6, No 2 (March 2017): Esophageal Surgery

Vol 6, No 1 (January 2017): Robotic Heart Surgery (II)

The state of robotic cardiac surgery in Europe

Matteo Pettinari, Emiliano Navarra, Philippe Noirhomme, Herbert Gutermann

Robotic cardiac surgery in Brazil

Robinson Poffo, Alisson P. Toschi, Renato B. Pope, Paola K. Montanhesi, Ricardo S. Santos, Alexandre Teruya, Dina M. Hatanaka, Gabriel F. Rusca, Claudio H. Fischer, Marcelo C. Vieira, Marcia R. Makdisse

Robotic mitral valve repair for degenerative posterior leaflet prolapse

Hoda Javadikasgari, Rakesh M. Suri, Bassman Tappuni, Ashley M. Lowry, Tomislav Mihaljevic, Stephanie Mick, A. Marc Gillinov

Vol 5, No 6 (November 2016): Robotic Heart Surgery (I)

Long-term results after robotically assisted coronary bypass surgery

Johannes Bonatti, Jehad Ramahi, Faisal Hasan, Ahmad Edris, Thomas Bartel, Ravi Nair, Murat Tuzcu, Rakesh Suri, Tomislav Mihaljevic

Vol 5, No 5 (September 2016): Pectus Excavatum

Vol 5, No 4 (July 2016): Type A Aortic Dissection (II)

Is the outcome in acute aortic dissection type A influenced by of femoral versus central cannulation?

Stefan Klotz, Bence S. Bucsky, Doreen Richardt, Michael Petersen, Hans H. Sievers

Outcomes and management of type A intramural hematoma

Harleen K. Sandhu, Akiko Tanaka, Kristofer M. Charlton-Ouw, Rana O. Afifi, Charles C. Miller III, Hazim J. Safi, Anthony L. Estrera

Comparison between antegrade and retrograde cerebral perfusion or profound hypothermia as brain protection strategies during repair of type A aortic dissection

Sotiris C. Stamou, Laura A. Rausch, Nicholas T. Kouchoukos, Kevin W. Lobdell, Kamal Khabbaz, Edward Murphy, Robert C. Hagberg

Vol 5, No 3 (May 2016): Type A Aortic Dissection (I)

The utility of the aortic dissection team: outcomes and insights after a decade of experience

Nicholas D. Andersen, Ehsan Benrashid, Adia K. Ross, Lisa C. Pickett, Peter K. Smith, Mani A. Daneshmand, Jacob N. Schroder, Jeffrey G. Gaca, G. Chad Hughes

Differential outcomes of type A dissection with malperfusion according to affected organ system

Joshua C. Grimm, J. Trent Magruder, Todd C. Crawford, Christopher M. Sciortino, Kenton J. Zehr, Kaushik Mandal, John V. Conte, Duke E. Cameron, James H. Black, Joel E. Price

Repair of type A dissection-benefits of dissection rota

Mohamad Bashir, Matthew Shaw, Mark Field, Manoj Kuduvalli, Deborah Harrington, Mathew Fok, Aung Y. Oo

Vol 5, No 1 (January 2016): Minimally Invasive Mediastinal Surgery (II)

Multi-institutional European experience of robotic thymectomy for thymoma

Giuseppe Marulli, Jos Maessen, Franca Melfi, Thomas A. Schmid, Marlies Keijzers, Olivia Fanucchi, Florian Augustin, Giovanni M. Comacchio, Alfredo Mussi, Monique Hochstenbag, Federico Rea

Long term compensatory sweating results after sympathectomy for palmar and axillary hyperhidrosis

Cecilia Menna, Mohsen Ibrahim, Claudio Andreetti, Anna Maria Ciccone, Antonio D’Andrilli, Giulio Maurizi, Camilla Poggi, Erino Angelo Rendina

Vol 4, No 6 (November 2015): Minimally Invasive Mediastinal Surgery (I)

Minimally invasive thymectomy: the Mayo Clinic experience

Phillip G. Rowse, Anja C. Roden, Frank M. Corl, Mark S. Allen, Stephen D. Cassivi, Francis C. Nichols, K. Robert Shen, Dennis A. Wigle, Shanda H. Blackmon

Vol 4, No 5 (September 2015): Mitral Valve Repair (III)

Minimally invasive mitral valve repair through right minithoracotomy in the setting of degenerative mitral regurgitation: early outcomes and long-term follow-up

Antonio Miceli, Michele Murzi, Daniele Canarutto, Danyiar Gilmanov, Matteo Ferrarini, Pier A. Farneti, Marco Solinas, Mattia Glauber

Long term outcomes of posterior leaflet folding valvuloplasty for mitral valve regurgitation

Igor Gosev, Maroun Yammine, Marzia Leacche, Siobhan McGurk, Vladimir Ivkovic, Michael N. D’Ambra, Lawrence H. Cohn

Conditional long-term survival following minimally invasive robotic mitral valve repair: a health services perspective

Jimmy T. Efird, William F. Griffin, Preeti Gudimella, Wesley T. O’Neal, Stephen W. Davies, Patricia B. Crane, Ethan J. Anderson, Linda C. Kindell, Hope Landrine, Jason B. O’Neal, Hazaim Alwair, Alan P. Kypson, Wiley L. Nifong, W. Randolph Chitwood Jr

Vol 4, No 4 (July 2015): Mitral Valve Repair (II)

Current state of transcatheter mitral valve repair with the MitraClip

Emily A. Downs, D. Scott Lim, Mike Saji, Gorav Ailawadi

Quantitation of mitral regurgitation after percutaneous MitraClip repair: comparison of Doppler echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging

Christian Hamilton-Craig, Wendy Strugnell, Niranjan Gaikwad, Matthew Ischenko, Vicki Speranza, Jonathan Chan, Johanne Neill, David Platts, Gregory M. Scalia, Darryl J. Burstow, Darren L. Walters

Vol 4, No 3 (May 2015): Mitral Valve Repair (I)

Lifting posterior mitral annuloplasty for enhancing leaflet coaptation in mitral valve repair: midterm outcomes

Meong Gun Song, Je Kyoun Shin, Hyun Keun Chee, Jun Seok Kim, Hyun Suk Yang, Jong Bum Choi

Vol 4, No 2 (March 2015): Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Surgery (II)

Sutureless Aortic Valve Replacement International Registry (SU-AVR-IR): design and rationale from the International Valvular Surgery Study Group (IVSSG)

Marco Di Eusanio, Kevin Phan, Denis Bouchard, Thierry P. Carrel, Otto E. Dapunt, Roberto Di Bartolomeo, Harald C. Eichstaedt, Theodor Fischlein, Thierry Folliguet, Borut Gersak, Mattia Glauber, Axel Haverich, Martin Misfeld, Peter J. Oberwalder, Giuseppe Santarpino, Malakh Lal Shrestha, Marco Solinas, Marco Vola, Francesco Alamanni, Alberto Albertini, Gopal Bhatnagar, Michel Carrier, Stephen Clark, Federic Collart, Utz Kappert, Alfred Kocher, Bart Meuris, Carmelo Mignosa, Ahmed Ouda, Marc Pelletier, Parwis Baradaran Rahmanian, David Reineke, Kevin Teoh, Giovanni Troise, Emmanuel Villa, Thorsten Wahlers, Tristan D. Yan

Minimally invasive valve sparing aortic root replacement (David procedure) is safe

Malakh Shrestha, Heike Krueger, Julia Umminger, Nurbol Koigeldiyev, Erik Beckmann, Axel Haverich, Andreas Martens

Minimally invasive primary aortic valve surgery: the OLV Aalst experience

Johan van der Merwe, Filip Casselman, Bernard Stockman, Frank Van Praet, Roel Beelen, Lieven Maene, Yvette Vermeulen, Ivan Degrieck

Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement: 12-year single center experience

Daniyar Gilmanov, Marco Solinas, Pier Andrea Farneti, Alfredo Giuseppe Cerillo, Enkel Kallushi, Filippo Santarelli, Mattia Glauber

Vol 4, No 1 (January 2015): Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Surgery (I)

Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement versus aortic valve replacement through full sternotomy: the Brigham and Women’s Hospital experience

Robert C. Neely, Marko T. Boskovski, Igor Gosev, Tsuyoshi Kaneko, Siobhan McGurk, Marzia Leacche, Lawrence H. Cohn

Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement: the Leipzig experience

Sven Lehmann, Denis R. Merk, Christian D. Etz, Joerg Seeburger, Thomas Schroeter, Andreas Oberbach, Madlen Uhlemann, Robert Hoellriegel, Martin Haensig, Sergey Leontyev, Jens Garbade, Martin Misfeld, Friedrich W. Mohr

Vol 3, No 6 (November 2014): Mechanical Circulatory Support (II)

Ventricular assist device implantation in the elderly

William Hiesinger, Jack H. Boyd, Y. Joseph Woo

Hemorrhage and thrombosis with different LVAD technologies: a matter of flow?

Vincenzo Tarzia, Edward Buratto, Giacomo Bortolussi, Michele Gallo, Jonida Bejko, Roberto Bianco, Tomaso Bottio, Gino Gerosa

Vol 3, No 5 (September 2014): Mechanical Circulatory Support (I)

Clinical psychological and neuropsychological issues with left ventricular assist devices (LVADs)

Daniela Mapelli, Annachiara Cavazzana, Chiara Cavalli, Tomaso Bottio, Vincenzo Tarzia, Gino Gerosa, Bianca Rosa Volpe

Evaluation and treatment of pump thrombosis and hemolysis

Vakhtang Tchantchaleishvili, Fabio Sagebin, Ronald E. Ross, William Hallinan, Karl Q. Schwarz, H. Todd Massey

Vol 3, No 4 (July 2014): Type B Aortic Dissection (II)

Open repair of chronic complicated type B aortic dissection using the open distal technique

Anthony L. Estrera, Harleen Sandhu, Rana O. Afifi, Ali Azizzadeh, Kristofer Charlton-Ouw, Charles C. Miller, Hazim J. Safi

Long-term outcomes in thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm repair for chronic type B dissection

Mohamad Bashir, Matthew Shaw, Matthew Fok, Deborah Harrington, Mark Field, Manoj Kuduvalli, Aung Oo

Possible graft-related complications in visceral debranching for hybrid B dissection repair

Roberto Chiesa, Yamume Tshomba, Davide Logaldo, Andrea Kahlberg, Domenico Baccellieri, Luca Apruzzi

Vol 3, No 3 (May 2014): Type B Aortic Dissection (I)

Predictors of false lumen thrombosis in type B aortic dissection treated with TEVAR

Jip L. Tolenaar, John A. Kern, Frederik H. W. Jonker, Kenneth J. Cherry, Megan C. Tracci, John F. Angle, Saher Sabri, Santi Trimarchi, David Strider, Gorav Alaiwaidi, Gilbert R. Upchurch Jr

Current management and outcome of chronic type B aortic dissection: results with open and endovascular repair since the advent of thoracic endografting

Nicholas D. Andersen, Jeffrey E. Keenan, Asvin M. Ganapathi, Jeffrey G. Gaca, Richard L. McCann, G. Chad Hughes

Vol 3, No 2 (March 2014): Sublobar Resection

Segmentectomy versus lobectomy for clinical stage IA lung adenocarcinoma

Morihito Okada, Takahiro Mimae, Yasuhiro Tsutani, Haruhiko Nakayama, Sakae Okumura, Masahiro Yoshimura, Yoshihiro Miyata

Lobectomy vs. segmentectomy for NSCLC (T<2 cm)

Nestor Villamizar, Scott J. Swanson

Vol 3, No 1 (January 2014): Atrial fibrillation surgery

Effectiveness and safety of simultaneous hybrid thoracoscopic and endocardial catheter ablation of lone atrial fibrillation

Laurent Pison, Sandro Gelsomino, Fabiana Lucà, Orlando Parise, Jos G. Maessen, Harry J.G.M. Crijns, Mark La Meir

Rationale and design of the Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion Study (LAAOS) III

Richard Whitlock, Jeff Healey, Jessica Vincent, Kate Brady, Kevin Teoh, Alistair Royse, Pallav Shah, Yingqiang Guo, Marco Alings, Richard J. Folkeringa, Domenico Paparella, Andrea Colli, Steven R. Meyer, Jean-François Legare, François Lamontagne, Wilko Reents, Andreas Böning, Stuart Connolly

Comparison of the stand-alone Cox-Maze IV procedure to the concomitant Cox-Maze IV and mitral valve procedure for atrial fibrillation

Christopher P. Lawrance, Matthew C. Henn, Jacob R. Miller, Laurie A. Sinn, Richard B. Schuessler, Ralph J. Damiano Jr

Vol 2, No 6 (November 2013): Minimally invasive mitral valve surgery

Cross-sectional survey on minimally invasive mitral valve surgery

Martin Misfeld, Michael Borger, John G. Byrne, W. Randolph Chitwood, Lawrence Cohn, Aubrey Galloway, Jens Garbade, Mattia Glauber, Ernesto Greco, Clark W. Hargrove, David M. Holzhey, Ralf Krakor, Didier Loulmet, Yugal Mishra, Paul Modi, Douglas Murphy, L. Wiley Nifong, Kazuma Okamoto, Joerg Seeburger, David H. Tian, Marcel Vollroth, Tristan D. Yan

Total percutaneous femoral vessels cannulation for minimally invasive mitral valve surgery

Matteo Pozzi, Roland Henaine, Daniel Grinberg, Jacques Robin, Christine Saroul, Bertrand Delannoy, Olivier Desebbe, Jean-François Obadia

Minimally-invasive mitral valve surgery: “The Leipzig experience”

Piroze M. Davierwala, Joerg Seeburger, Bettina Pfannmueller, Jens Garbade, Martin Misfeld, Michael A. Borger, Friedrich W. Mohr

Rate of repair in minimally invasive mitral valve surgery

Patrick Perier, Wolfgang Hohenberger, Fitsum Lakew, Gerhard Batz, Anno Diegeler

Concomitant tricuspid valve repair in patients with minimally-invasive mitral valve surgery

Bettina Pfannmüller, Piroze Davierwala, Gregor Hirnle, Michael A. Borger, Martin Misfeld, Jens Garbade, Joerg Seeburger, Friedrich W. Mohr

Vol 2, No 5 (September 2013): Frozen Elephant Trunk

Frozen elephant trunk surgery—the Bologna’s experience

Marco Di Eusanio, Antonio Pantaleo, Giacomo Murana, Giovanni Pellicciari, Sebastiano Castrovinci, Paolo Berretta, Gianluca Folesani, Roberto Di Bartolomeo

Early- and medium-term results after aortic arch replacement with frozen elephant trunk techniques—a single center study

Sergey Leontyev, Martin Misfeld, Piroze Daviewala, Michael A. Borger, Christian D. Etz, Sergey Belaev, Joerg Seeburger, David Holzhey, Farhard Bakhtiary, Friedrich W. Mohr

Overall Essen’s experience with the E-vita open hybrid stent graft system and evolution of the surgical technique

Konstantinos Tsagakis, Daniel Dohle, Jaroslav Benedik, Helmut Lieder, Heinz Jakob

Vol 2, No 4 (July 2013): Total arterial revascularization

Vol 2, No 3 (May 2013): Aortic arch surgery (II)

Vol 2, No 2 (March 2013): Aortic Arch Surgery (I)

Consensus on hypothermia in aortic arch surgery

Tristan D. Yan, Paul G. Bannon, Joseph Bavaria, Joseph S. Coselli, John A. Elefteriades, Randall B. Griepp, G. Chad Hughes, Scott A. LeMaire, Teruhisa Kazui, Nicholas T. Kouchoukos, Martin Misfeld, Friedrich W. Mohr, Aung Oo, Lars G. Svensson, David H. Tian

Total arch replacement using selective antegrade cerebral perfusion as the neuroprotection strategy

Yutaka Okita, Kenji Okada, Atsushi Omura, Hiroya Kano, Hitoshi Minami, Takeshi Inoue, Toshihito Sakamoto, Shunsuke Miyahara, Tomonori Shirasaka, Katsuhiro Yamanaka, Taimi Ohara, Yoshikatsu Nomura, Hidekazu Nakai

Vol 2, No 1 (January 2013): Aortic Valve Repair

Influence of higher valve gradient on long-term outcome after aortic valve repair

Hunaid A Vohra, Robert N Whistance, Laurent de Kerchove, David Glineur, Philipe Noirhomme, Gebrine El Khoury

Vol 1, No 4 (November 2012): Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

Vol 1, No 3 (September 2012): Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair

Results of open thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm repair

Scott A. LeMaire, Matt D. Price, Susan Y. Green, Samantha Zarda, Joseph S. Coselli

Clinical outcomes of hybrid repair for thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms

Yamume Tshomba, Germano Melissano, Davide Logaldo, Enrico Rinaldi, Luca Bertoglio, Efrem Civilini, Daniele Psacharopulo, Roberto Chiesa

Endovascular repair of thoracoabdominal aneurysms: results of the first 48 cases

Marcelo Ferreira, Luiz Lanziotti, Rodrigo Cunha, Guilherme d’Utra

Thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm: hybrid repair outcomes

G. Chad Hughes, Nicholas D. Andersen, Jennifer M. Hanna, Richard L. McCann

Vol 1, No 2 (July 2012): Transapical Aortic Valve Implantation

Transapical aortic valve implantation - The Leipzig experience

David M. Holzhey, Martin Hänsig, Thomas Walther, Joerg Seeburger, Martin Misfeld, Axel Linke, Michael A. Borger, Friedrich W. Mohr

Transapical aortic valve implantation: The Vancouver experience

Jennifer Higgins, Jian Ye, Stefan Toggweiler, John G. Webb, Anson Cheung