Video-Based Sessions Enrich the Learning Experience

Cardiothoracic surgeons often learn best by observing real surgeries and seeing how others navigate common and complex procedures. With that in mind, Sunday’s “MyTube” sessions will offer videos focusing on all three disciplines.

“The ability to produce excellent surgical outcomes often is not only the product of traditional educational paradigms, but also more contemporary learning platforms such as visiting mentorships or the sharing of surgical videos and expertise,” said S. Adil Husain, MD, from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, who will co-moderate the congenital heart surgery session.

Adult Cardiac Surgery
State-of-the-art techniques for coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery, aortic valve surgery, transcatheter approaches, and complex valve repair will be on display during the adult cardiac video session.

MyTube: Adult Cardiac Video and Expert Panel Session

7:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Room 217

Co-moderator and creator of the how-to video session, Gorav Ailawadi, MD, MBA, from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, said many surgeons don’t perform intraoperative coronary graft assessments following common CABG procedures. 

“I think hearing from some thought experts on the topic could elevate outcomes with CABG by better assessing the patency of bypasses,” he said. “We’ll focus on the surgical techniques with the goal of facilitating rapid transmission of knowledge, while offering technical tips and describing pitfalls to avoid.”

MyTube: Congenital Video and Expert Panel Session

7:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Room 211

Experts also will explore transseptal puncture, percutaneous axillary access for catheter-based valvular and aortic interventions, the pitfalls of mitral valve repair with anterior leaflet prolapse and of tricuspid valve repair in endocarditis, and extended arch and branched arch graft repairs in acute type A dissection.

“This will be an exciting session—video-based presentations are a draw,” Dr. Ailawadi said. “It’s a more fun and effective way to learn than a PowerPoint lecture with mounds of data.”

MyTube: Pushing the Limits of Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery and Avoiding Pitfalls

7:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Room 220

Congenital Heart Surgery
A series of eight videos will help surgeons learn how to avoid common obstacles during congenital heart surgery. 

According to Dr. Husain, topics that continue to spark debate and will be featured include:

  • Options for the surgical correction of valve disease in the neonatal and infant populations
  • Technical variations in reconstructing aortic arch anomalies
  • New frontiers within tracheal interventions 
S. Adil Husain, MD

S. Adil Husain, MD

“We will have an opportunity to discuss the caveats and pitfalls of these surgical techniques and their best-use cases and scenarios,” Dr. Husain added. “We hope the presentations will cultivate much discussion among the attendees.”

General Thoracic Surgery
General thoracic surgeons can expect videos on the latest techniques for minimally invasive thoracic surgery, highlighting the use of advanced methods and adjuncts to address common clinical conditions of the lungs, esophagus, and mediastinum.

Session co-moderator Nathaniel R. Evans III, MD, from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, said that a group of “young and new voices representing a diverse population of thoracic surgeons” will guide video-led discussions covering hot topics such as anastomotic techniques in esophagectomy, localization of subsolid lung nodules, and minimally invasive pectus excavatum repair. 

That last topic, Dr. Evans said, was specifically chosen because thoracic surgeons reported that if they knew more about minimally invasive pectus excavatum repair, they might pursue a specialization in it, especially if no one currently was performing these operations in their area. Another highlight will be the discussion of three different approaches to minimally invasive esophagectomy and the varying results.

Exposure to new surgical techniques and approaches is critical to the evolution of cardiothoracic surgery, and Dr. Evans said he is confident attendees will gain valuable information that may help them implement these strategies back home.