Thoracoscopic Pericardiectomy and Insertion of Epicardial Pacemaker Lead
Although it is difficult to predict the ultimate scope of thoracoscopic cardiac surgery with or without a small access thoracotomy (video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery), there is little doubt about its potential; single case reports of ligation of patent ductus are documented and experimental cannulation of the atrial chambers has been performed. In this chapter the technique of two simple cardiac procedures — pericardial fenestration for effusion and insertion of epicardial pacemaker lead — are outlined. Our limited experience with these two operations has been entirely favourable. Excellent results have also been reported from other centres .
KeywordsCardiac Tamponade Rectus Sheath Constrictive Pericarditis Chest Drain Sick Sinus Syndrome
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