Complications in Cardiothoracic Surgery: Avoidance and Treatment / Edition 2

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Drs. Little and Merrill draw on their expertise in general thoracic and cardiac surgery to review tracheobronchial operations, lung volume reduction operations, lung transplantation, minimally invasive esophagectomy, pleural operations, revascularizations, myocardial operations, and aortic and great vessel operations. For each operation, leading practitioners provide specific advice on what to be aware of to prevent complications — and how to manage them if they do occur.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Ralph J. Damiano, MD (Washington University School of Medicine)
Description: This book describes common complications after cardiothoracic surgery and how to avoid them. It is meant as a supplement to standard textbooks.
Purpose: It is designed to instruct surgeons how to carry out operations and provide postoperative care without complications. This is a worthy objective, but the authors do not always provide the reader with sufficient detail to meet these objectives.
Audience: Aimed at the practicing surgeon and the surgical trainee, the book does contain sufficient detail to satisfy the experienced practitioner, but is probably most appropriate for a resident. The authors are credible experts in the field.
Features: The book is meant to be a comprehensive account of complications following the various cardiothoracic operations. The thoracic chapters are somewhat more detailed than the cardiac ones. There is an excellent chapter on postoperative arrhythmias. The principal shortcomings of the book are the lack of sufficient detail in the management of complications, particularly when a technical procedure is involved. There are too few illustrations of surgical techniques that could be used to treat a complication (i.e., posterior AV groove rupture following a mitral valve procedure). Some sections have a completely inadequate discussion, such as strategies for failure to wean from bypass.
Assessment: This generally well written book provides a quick overview of complications following cardiothoracic surgery. The lack of detail and brevity of coverage will likely not appeal to practicing surgeons.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405181037
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/2/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 1,437,170
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Alex G. Little, M.D., Elizabeth Berry Gray Chair & Professor, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, Dayton, OH, USA

Walter H. Merrill, M.D., Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS, USA

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors, vii

Acknowledgements, x

Preface, xi

1 Preventing Complications: New Frontiers of Safety Science in Cardiothoracic Surgery, 1
Paul N Uhlig, William R Berry, Ellen W Raboin, Jeffrey Brown, Joel T Erskin, Ann Hendrich and Daniel B Raemer

2 Thoracic Incisions, 22
Michael F Reed

3 Arrhythmias following Cardiac and Thoracic Operations, 54
Joseph LoCicero, III

4 Complications of Cardiopulmonary Bypass and Cardioplegia, 74
Lawrence L Creswell and Nicholas J Karis

5 Myocardial Protection: Why and How, 143
Constantine L Athanasuleas and Gerald D Buckberg

6 Complications after Pulmonary Resection: Lobectomy and Pneumonectomy, 158
Mark F Berry and Thomas A D'Amico

7 Complications of Tracheobronchial Resection, 182
Michael C Coello and Douglas J Mathisen

8 Complications of Lung Volume Reduction Surgery, 202
Nirmal K Veeramachaneni and Bryan Meyers

9 Complications of Lung Transplantation, 219
Paul F Waters

10 Complications of Esophageal Resection, 228
Subroto Paul and Nasser K Altorki

11 Complications of Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy, 247
Arjun Pennathur and James D Luketich

12 Operations for Benign Esophageal Disorders, 266
Keith S Naunheim

13 Complications of Mediastinal Procedures, 286
Cameron D Wright

14 Complications of Pleural Operations and Procedures, 295
Alberto de Hoyos

15 Complications from ChestWall Procedures, 325
Mark S Allen

16 On-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting, 333
Jennifer S Lawton and William A Gay, Jr

17 Off-Pump Coronary Artery Surgery: A Safe Approach, 351
Jain Bhaskara Pillai and John D Puskas

18 Valvular Operations, 375
Frederick Y Chen, Lawrence S Lee and Lawrence H Cohn

19 Complications of Myocardial Reconstruction, 392
Gorav Ailawadi and Irving L Kron

20 Complications after Atrial Fibrillation Surgery, 404
Anson M Lee and Ralph J Damiano Jr

21 Heart Transplantation, 419
William Stein, IV, Jeffrey B Velotta, Hari R Mallidi, Michael P Fischbein and Robert C Robbins

22 Assist Devices, 436
Sanjeev Aggarwal and Francis D Pagani

23 Aortic and Great Vessel Operations, 456
William M Boedefeld and John A Kern

Index, 473

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