Table 3

Technical aspects of minimal access mitral surgery and relevant ways to introduce into a new unit

Attempts on sternotomy mitral casesWetlabTeam-based simulationVisit to specialist centreVisit from proctor to unit
Mini thoracotomy
TOE-guided aortic cannulation
Aortic occlusion
Knot pushing
Thoracoscopic adjunct
  • TOE, transoesophageal echocardiography.