Median Sternotomy for Lung Transplantation: Techniques and Advantages

Heart Surg Forum. 2017 Jun 19;20(3):E089-E091. doi: 10.1532/hsf.1809.


Lung transplantation is traditionally performed with a clamshell thoracotomy or bilateral anterior thoracotomy incisions. We have performed 121 lung transplants with a median sternotomy incision from 2013-2017. We present our technique for lung transplantation utilizing cardiopulmonary bypass with a median sternotomy, and discuss the potential advantages of this technique.

Keywords: lung transplantation.

Publication types

  • Technical Report

MeSH terms

  • Cardiopulmonary Bypass
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lung Transplantation / methods*
  • Male
  • Sternotomy / methods*
  • Sternum / surgery*