Right infraaxillary thoracotomy for minimally invasive aortic valve replacement

Toshiaki Ito, Atsuo Maekawa, Satoshi Hoshino, Yasunari Hayashi

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

25 Citations (Scopus)


Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement has been performed via partial sternotomy, the parasternal approach, and anterior intercostal approaches. We successfully performed aortic valve replacement through a small right infraaxillary thoracotomy in 25 patients, with the aid of a thoracoscope and a knot-pusher. The patients were 9 men and 16 women with a mean age of 72.6 years. Our approach had better cosmetic results than traditional approaches through the anterior chest wall. This method did not require rib transection or sacrifice of the internal thoracic artery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)715-717
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 08-2013
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


Dive into the research topics of 'Right infraaxillary thoracotomy for minimally invasive aortic valve replacement'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this