Simultaneous nephrectomy and coronary artery bypass grafting through extended sternotomy
1 Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Medical Academy, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Eiveniu str. 2, 50009, Kaunas, Lithuania
2 Clinic of Urology, Hospital of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Kaunas, Lithuania
Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery 2012, 7:79 doi:10.1186/1749-8090-7-79Published: 30 August 2012
The advances in surgical techniques, resuscitation and anesthesiology support over the last years have allowed simultaneous thoracic and abdominal operations to be made for cancer and concomitant severe heart vessel disease relieving the patient from several diseases simultaneously and achieving long lasting remission or cure.
A simultaneous nephrectomy and coronary artery bypass grafting procedure through extended sternotomy is reported. A 63-year-old man with severe coronary artery disease was found to have renal carcinoma.
Postoperative pathological investigation of the tumor revealed the presence of renal cell carcinoma pT3a N0 M0, G2. Coronarography revealed advanced three-vessel coronary artery disease.
We successfully performed a simultaneous curative surgery for renal carcinoma and coronary artery bypass graft surgery under cardiopulmonary bypass using a novel technique of extended sternotomy. Simultaneous surgery thus appears to be a beneficial and safe approach for the treatment of coronary artery disease and resectable renal cancer in carefully selected patients.