The standard median sternotomy provides ready access to all surfaces of the heart and the ascending aorta. When cosmetic considerations, associated medical conditions, such as an esophageal stoma, or tracheostomy preclude use of the median sternotomy, a bilateral transverse sternotomy will provide excellent exposure of the entire ascending aorta and the lateral and inferior walls of the heart.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||Journal of Cardiac Surgery|
|State||Published - Mar 1 1998|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine