Less Invasive Heart Surgery: Will It Fail or Prevail?
Dr. William W. L. Glenn was a cardiac pioneer surgeon and innovator. He practiced and taught during what many have called “The Golden Era of Cardiac Surgery”. During this time most of the inaugural cardiac operations were developed and were based on solid physiologic principles. Although many of them were effective, most were superseded by better techniques to treat the same malady. However, many of these “obsolete operations” became the springboard for the development of current catheter-based and less invasive operations, as well as implantable devices, that we use today. With rapidly advancing technology in our specialty many current operations seem to be in jeopardy of replacement by effective least invasive cardiac procedures. Yet, a majority of cardiac surgeons still considered minimally invasive cardiac surgery a fading fad and that the proven excellent results of traditional cardiac operations will prevail. Nevertheless, the expanding adoption of effective minimally invasive and catheter-based cardiac operations in Europe and the United States is a strong predictor of a sustained “disruptive change” in our specialty. To this end, the lecture will try to unravel the conundrum of: Less Invasive Heart Surgery: Will it fail or prevail?
- © 2013 by American Heart Association, Inc.