Simplified technique of heart-lung transplantation

Scott D. Lick, Jack G. Copeland, Luis J. Rosado, Francisco A. Arabia, Gulshan K. Sethi

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Well-known complications of heart-lung transplantation include mediastinal bleeding and phrenic nerve injury. Conventional technique places the hila behind the phrenic nerves. We have placed the hila in front of the phrenic nerve in our last 10 patients, using direct caval anastomoses when feasible. This minimizes traction on and dissection around the phrenic nerves, and allows anterior rotation of the heart-lung block for easier hemostasis of the posterior mediastinum after implantation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1592-1593
Number of pages2
JournalThe Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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