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Medical Article or Video Totally Endoscopic Port-Access Using a Three-Dimensional Endoscopic System for Resection of the Left Atrial Myxoma and Mitral Valve

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posted on 31.08.2021, 18:25 by Nguyen Cong Huu, Nguyen Trung Hieu, Nguyen The Binh, Ngo Thanh Hung, Hoang Van Trung, Le The Hung

The video presents the technique of “Totally endoscopic port-access using a three-dimensional endoscopic system for resection of the left atrial myxoma and mitral valve repair without robotic assistance”.

A 57 years old male was admitted to the hospital because of fatigue 3weeks before. At the admission, he presented NYHA II symptom. Clinical examination: Arrhythmia, systolic murmur grade 3/6.

- Blood tests: increasing in CRP and Procalcitonin

- ECG: atrial fibrillation

- Transthoracic echocardiography revealed a neoplasm in the left atrium. The mass measuring size 40 x 50 mm had a stalk attached to the interatrial septum. The tumor was severe mobile, looked fragile, moving deeply into the left ventricle during diastole causing significant obstruction (max gradient 22mmHg), high risk of embolism. Mitral valve had lesion of ruptured chordae, P2 prolapse, severe regurgitation. Suspected endocarditis?

- MSCT: On contrast-enhanced showed heterogeneous contrast enhancement, prolapsing across the atrioventricular valves. Metastatic workup was negative.

Patient underwent an urgent operation. We used the technique of totally endoscopic port-access. He was placed in supine position, under general anaesthesia with double-lumen endotracheal intubation. The right side of the chest was slightly elevated at 300, two arms along the body. External defibrillator pads were attached under omoplates.

A 2 cm tranverse incision was made in the left groin and arterial cannula

were done indirectly via a Dacron graft (8mm in diameter), anastomosed end-to-side to the right common femoral artery. Venous drainage with bicaval cannulation were percutaneously inserted via the right femoral vein and right internal jugular vein, using Seldinger technique.

Three trocars were placed in the right chest of the patient: 10 mm trocar in the 5th intercostal space (ICS) at midaxillary line for the 3D camera, 12-mm trocar in the 5th ICS between anterior axillary line and midclavicular line for main surgical instruments (electrosurgical knife, needle holder, scissors…), 5-mm trocar in the 3th ICS at anterior line for secondary instruments.

CPB was initiated, CO2 inflowed into the chest cavity. After lung deflation, the pericardium was opened 2 cm anterior to the phrenic nerve and pericardium traction sutures were made. Superior vena cava was snared using a perlon suture thread size 2, passed out through the 5mm trocar, IVC was left free.

The aorta was clamped by transthoracic Chitwood clamp (at 4th ICS, midaxillary line). Cardiac arrest were done with single dose of Custodiol cardioplegia solution injected antegrade into the root of the aorta via needle(Medtronic MiARTM Cannulae) placed through the hole for trocar12mm (outside the trocar)

We used right atrial transseptal approach. Right atriotomy was performed and 4-0 prolene atrial wall stay sutures were made for interatrial septum exposure.

The surgical manipulations were done through 3 trocars <1.2cm, under 3D video screen.

A nylon bag was put into thoracic cavity via 12mm trocar, preparation for tumor harvest.

Two 4-0 prolene traction sutures were placed: 1 at the lower rim of septum secondum (lifting the septal at the orifice of the inferior caval vein for preventing blood and tumor immigration into IVC left free), other at the ridge of fossa ovalis (the attachment of tumor). Interatrial septostotmy was done.

Exposure revealed a a large tumor (maximum size 7cm), which macroscopically resembled a myxoma, attached via a stalk to the interatrial septum at the ridge of fossa ovalis and muscular rim.

Tumor was removed completely with extensive resection of the myxoma attached to interatrial septum in one piece by no touch technique and delivered into the nylon bag.

The heart chambers were carefully inspected with the 3D endoscope to ensure complete tumor removal without any debriment residues

The mitral valve was inspected and examined revealing: the posterior leaflet (P2 scallop) prolapse due to a torn chordae, suspeted infective endocarditis lesions. The mitral valve was repaired with triangular leaflet resection and partial posterior band annuloplasty.

The interatrial septostomy, the right atriotomy were closed using double-layer continuous 4/0 prolene running sutures. The patients was weaned from bypass. The tumor containing nylon bag was pulled out through 12mm trocar hole.

The pericardium was closed with continuous Ti-Cron 2-0 stiches, CPB finnished, 18Fr drain was placed in pericardial cavity. The 28 Fr pleural cavity drain was inserted through the 10 mm trocar position.

The bypass time and aortic cross-clamp time were 217 and 136 mins, respectively. The total operative time was 300 minutes. Postoperative mechanical ventilation: 22 hours, ICU time: 4 days.

Pathologic examination confirmed the diagnosis of cardiac myxoma

The postoperative course was uneventful, the patient was discharged with mild mitral regurgitation after4 weeks (for antibiotic treatment as infective endocarditis)

The operation was performed at Cardiovascular Centre – E Hosptial – Ha Noi – Viet Nam. We hope the video would be useful to you. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about this video. Thank you!

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