Malleable Tin Plate Exposure System for Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Surgery.

Author(s) Shibata, T.; Takahashi, Y.; Fujii, H.; Morisaki, A.; Sakon, Y.; Murakami, T.
Journal Ann Thorac Surg
Date Published 2019 Sep
Abstract

In minimally invasive mitral valve surgery, exposure in the medial left atrium is occasionally poor. A flexible exposure system for minimally invasive surgery was constructed using a tin plate (99.9% pure tin). The tin plate is very flexible and embossed to prevent slippage, and it is attached to a left atrial retractor. The folded tin plate is inserted into the left atrium via a minithoracotomy, and the plate is easily expanded using forceps, as needed. The tin plate pushes the medial atrial wall outward, which provides an excellent view of the entire mitral valve.

DOI 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2019.04.051
ISSN 1552-6259
Citation Shibata T, Takahashi Y, Fujii H, Morisaki A, Sakon Y, Murakami T. Malleable Tin Plate Exposure System for Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Surgery. Ann Thorac Surg. 2019;108(3):e207-e209.