Comparison of initial outcomes between minimally invasive right
minithoracotomy and median sternotomy in patients undergoing isolated
surgical closures of atrial septal defects. Backgrounds: An atrial
septal defect (ASD) can be closed via a percutaneous approach & with
surgical closure by median sternotomy or a minimally invasive approach
such as minithoracotmy.
Methods This prospective observational study included 44 patients who
underwent isolated ASD closures in the department of cardiac surgery at
the National Heart Foundation Hospital and Research Institute (NHFH &
RI) from July 2014 to June 2016. After fulfilling the enrolment
criteria, participants were divided into two groups.