Review Articles

Cannulation Strategies and Pitfalls in Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery



For any given cardiac surgery, there are two invasive components: the surgical approach and the cardiopulmonary bypass circuit. The standard approach for cardiac surgery is the median sternotomy, which offers unrestricted access to the thoracic organs—the heart, lung, and major vessels. However, it carries a long list of potential complications such as wound infection, brachial plexus palsies, respiratory dysfunction, and an unpleasant-looking scar. The cardiopulmonary bypass component also carries potential complications such as end-organ dysfunction, coagulopathy, hemodilution, bleeding, and blood transfusion requirement. Furthermore, the aortic manipulation during cannulation and cross clamping increases the risk of dissection, arterial embolization, and stroke.

Minimally invasive cardiac surgery is an iconic event in the history of cardiothoracic medicine and has become a widely adapted approach as it minimizes many of the inconvenient side effects associated with the median sternotomy and bypass circuit placement. This type of surgery requires the use of novel perfusion strategies, especially in patients who hold the highest potential for postoperative morbidity. Cannulation techniques are a fundamental element in minimally invasive cardiac surgery, and there are numerous cannulation procedures for each type of minimally invasive operation. In this review, we will highlight the strategies and pitfalls associated with a minimally invasive cannulation.


cardiopulmonary bypassminimal invasive cardiac surgerycannulation techniques and pitfall
  • Year: 2016
  • Volume: 12 Issue: 1
  • Page/Article: 10-13
  • DOI: 10.14797/mdcj-12-1-10
  • Published on 1 Jan 2016
  • Peer Reviewed