A preclinical cadaver fitting study of implantable biventricular assist device - AnyHeart™

J. S. Shin, K. Sun, H. S. Son, H. M. Kim, K. T. Kim, S. S. Ahn, S. Y. Park, Y. R. Rho, H. S. Lee, B. G. Min

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    A multifunctional, Korean-made artificial heart (AnyHeart™) was developed, and prior to its clinical application, a cadaver-fitting study was performed. The study proposed to determine the optimal cannulation approach, implantation technique and route of the cannula to minimize the organ compression of AnyHeart™. The anatomical feasibility and a variety of surgical techniques were evaluated using ten preserved, human cadavers. Implanting AnyHeart™ with ease is possible using various approaches, including a median sternotomy, and a right or left lateral thoracotomy. The lateral thoracotomy approach is shown to be safe and reproducible, especially in patients who have already undergone an operation that used a median sternotomy. The results of this study will guide improvements in the designs of cannulae and AnyHeart™ for future clinical applications.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)495-500
    Number of pages6
    JournalInternational Journal of Artificial Organs
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 2004 Jun


    • AnyHeart™
    • Artificial heart
    • Cadaver
    • Experimental
    • Implants
    • Ventricular assist device

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Bioengineering
    • Medicine (miscellaneous)
    • Biomaterials
    • Biomedical Engineering


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