Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery approach for transmyocardial laser revascularization

Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2017 Nov 1;25(5):848-849. doi: 10.1093/icvts/ivx146.


Transmyocardial laser revascularization is an established therapy for refractory coronary artery disease. However, utilization of the technology is not as widespread as expected. This is despite the fact that the efficacy of the technology has been established in multiple prospective randomized trials. Furthermore, only about 5% of transmyocardial laser revascularization cases annually are performed in a minimally invasive fashion. We report a case of a female patient treated in a minimally invasive thoracoscopic fashion.

Keywords: Coronary artery disease; Transmyocardial laser revascularization; Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Video-Audio Media

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Laser Therapy / methods*
  • Middle Aged
  • Myocardial Ischemia / diagnosis
  • Myocardial Ischemia / surgery*
  • Thoracic Surgery, Video-Assisted / methods*
  • Transmyocardial Laser Revascularization / methods*