Successful combined minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass and transapical aortic valve implantation.
ABSTRACT Transapical aortic valve implantation is indicated in high-risk patients with aortic stenosis and peripheral vascular disease requiring aortic valve replacement. Minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass grafting is also a valid, minimally invasive option for myocardial revascularization in patients with critical stenosis on the anterior descending coronary artery. Both procedures are performed through a left minithoracotomy, without cardiopulmonary bypass, aortic cross-clamping, and cardioplegic arrest. We describe a successful combined transapical aortic valve implantation and minimally invasive direct coronary bypass in a high-risk patient with left anterior descending coronary artery occlusion and severe aortic valve stenosis.