Mullins et al.  reported the first use of stent implantation to treat stenotic branch pulmonary arteries in 1988. In the early to mid-1990s, numerous reports confirmed its safety and efficacy, but there were limited stent and balloon designs and stent implantations were performed using relatively large delivery systems (10- to 12-Fr sheaths) [7, 8]. The general accepted patient size was limited to those weighing 12 kg or greater. Intraoperative stent implantation for branch pulmonary artery stenosis was reported in the early to mid-1990s [1-3, 5, 9]. Indications in these early reports included small patient size or difficult anatomy or patients who had additional cardiac lesions and needed surgery independent of the branch stenosis. The idea was to take advantage of the open-heart exposure provided in the operating room to permit direct access to the stenotic segment. Hence, all intraoperative stent implants were performed under direct visualization on bypass. There were no discussions on advantages over the routine percutaneous approach. Currently, with advances in stent and balloon technology as well as increased operator experience, many of those reported cases probably would have undergone cardiac catheterization for a percutaneous stent implant rather than open-heart surgery. The purpose of this report is to review the current indications, advantages, and disadvantages of intraoperative stent implantation as well as to discuss the techniques that are helpful to optimize intraoperative stent positioning. The role and advantages of intraoperative angiography will also be presented.
- Stents, intraoperative
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health