Insertion of the impella 5.0 left ventricular assist device via right anterior mini-thoracotomy: A novel practical approach

Daniel C. Choi, Mark B. Anderson, George P. Batsides

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The Impella 5.0 microaxial pump is a miniaturized left ventricular assist device commonly used for circulatory support in acute cardiogenic shock. The catheter-based pump is designed to be inserted either into a peripheral artery or directly into the ascending aorta. We report the first case in which the Impella 5.0 device was placed directly into the ascending aorta via a small right anterior thoracotomy in a patient following acute myocardial infarction complicated by cardiogenic shock.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)265-266
Number of pages2
JournalInnovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2011
Externally publishedYes



  • Circulatory assist device
  • Minimally invasive surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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