The use of a right or left lateral thoracotomy is described as an alternative approach to revisional coronary artery surgery for patients with patent anterior grafts. Five patients underwent successful revisional coronary artery grafting with a total of three internal mammary artery grafts and three saphenous vein grafts. This is a safe technique in patients for whom repeat median sternotomy is potentially hazardous, notably those with patent anterior grafts or close apposition of the heart to the sternal table.
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