Minimally Invasive Techniques in Adult Cardiac Surgery

This Minimally Invasive Techniques in Adult Cardiac Surgery (MITACS) course will run from 20-22 June 2017 Please click here for the programme flyer. TUESDAY 20 JUNE (08:00-17:00) Part 1: Minimally invasive aortic valve surgery Chairmen: V Falk, Berlin; M Jasinski, Wroclaw & P Sardari Nia, Maastricht   Live case 1: Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement through … Continue reading "Minimally Invasive Techniques in Adult Cardiac Surgery"
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This Minimally Invasive Techniques in Adult Cardiac Surgery (MITACS) course will run from 20-22 June 2017

Please click here for the programme flyer.

TUESDAY 20 JUNE (08:00-17:00)

Part 1: Minimally invasive aortic valve surgery

Chairmen: V Falk, Berlin; M Jasinski, Wroclaw & P Sardari Nia, Maastricht
 3d-glasses Live case 1: Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement through partial sternotomy P Suwalski, Warsaw
 3d-glasses Live case 2: Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement through minithoracotomy J Kempfert, Berlin
Surgical aortic valve replacement – still a gold standard? P Suwalski, Warsaw
Limited invasiveness in aortic valve replacement – current status and evidence V Falk, Berlin
Minimally invasive aortic valve surgery – patient and access selection P Sardari Nia, Maastricht
Update on rapid deployment valves A Diegeler, Bad Neustadt
Less invasive approach to thoracic aorta surgery J Staromlynski, Warsaw
Aortic valve repair – state of the art T Holubec, Bad Nauheim
Training and troubleshooting in minimally invasive aortic valve replacement V Falk, Berlin

Part 2: Transcatheter aortic valve management

Chairmen: T Walther, Bad Nauheim; A Witkowski, Warsaw & M Zembala, Zabrze
Live case 3: Transfemoral transcatheter aortic valve implantation A Unbehaun, Berlin & R Gil, Warsaw
 3d-glasses Live case 4: Minimally invasive Bentall De Bono procedure P Suwalski, Warsaw
Transcatheter aortic valve implantation – what is in the pipeline? T Modine, Lille
Current data on transcatheter aortic valve implantation – searching for scientific and clinical accuracy M Zembala, Zabrze
Role of surgery in the era of transcatheter aortic valve implantation T  Walther, Bad Nauheim
Transcatheter aortic valve implantation – complications management V Falk, Berlin
Aortic valve-in-valve, valve-in-ring – as easy as it sounds? T Modine, Lille
Transfemoral transcatheter aortic valve implantation – schooling of a new surgeon A Unbehaun, Berlin
17:00-18:30 SimCity
WEDNESDAY 21 JUNE (08:00-17:00)

Part 3: Minimally invasive management of atrioventricular valves I

Chairmen: V Falk, Berlin; W Gerber, Katowice; H Treede, Halle & K Widenka, Rzeszow
 3d-glasses Live case 5: Thoracoscopic mitral valve repair (periareolar access) J Kempfert, Berlin
 3d-glasses Live case 6: Minimally invasive mitral and tricuspid valve repair (minithoracotomy) P Suwalski, Warsaw
Current techniques and evidence in minimally invasive mitral valve surgery V Falk, Berlin
Echocardiographic imaging of mitral and tricuspid valves C Walther, Bad Nauheim
Anesthesia in minimally invasive surgery D Drobinski, Warsaw
Troubleshooting and visualisation K Widenka, Rzeszow
Periareolar thoracoscopic versus minithoracotomy video-assisted access R Smoczynski, Warsaw
Valve repair – prototyping and simulation P Sardari Nia, Maastricht
Transapical chords for beating heart mitral repair (Live-in-a-box and brief update) K Bartus, Cracow & P Kiefer, Leipzig
Mitral clip – technique, indications and outcomes P Kiefer, Leipzig

Part 4: Minimally invasive management of atrioventricular valves II

Chairmen: F Casselman, Aalst; T Hirnle, Bialystok & J Kempfert, Berlin
 3d-glasses Live case 7: Transcatheter valve-in-valve tricuspid valve implantaion
R Gil, Warsaw & A Unbehaun, Berlin
Tricuspid valve surgery – techniques and evidence on minimally invasiveness M Deja, Katowice
Port access after port access and combined endoscopic and transcatheter treatment F Casselman, Aalst
Transcatheter techniques for atrioventricular valves management – update and future H Treede, Halle
Transcatheter technology for mitral valve-in-valve and valve-in-ring solutions J Kempfert, Berlin
Setting in redo minimally invasive mitral and/or tricuspid valve surgery J Kempfert, Berlin
Surgery for other indications using minimally invasive “mitral” setting P Suwalski, Warsaw
THURSDAY 22 JUNE (08:00-17:00)

Part 5: Arrhythmia surgery

Chairmen: S Benussi, Zurich; S Stec, Rzeszow & T Weimar, Stuttgart
 3d-glasses Live case 8: Totally thoracoscopic bilateral epicardial ablation (TT MAZE) N Doll, Stuttgart
 3d-glasses Live case 9: Stand-alone thoracoscopic left atrial appendage occlusion P Suwalski, Warsaw
Update on percutaneous treatment of atrial fibrillation S Stec, Rzeszow
Evolution and challenges in concomitant surgical ablation T Weimar, Stuttgart
Stand–alone surgical ablation for atrial fibrillation S Hunter, Shefffield
Current and future technologies in stand-alone surgical ablation MO Zembala, Zabrze
Position of atrial fibrillation surgery after the new ESC/EACTS guidelines S Benussi, Zurich
Arrhythmia Heart Team P Suwalski & S Stec, Warsaw

Part 6: Left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO)

Chairmen: S Hunter, Sheffield; D Kosior, Warsaw & P Suwalski, Warsaw
Left atrial appendage occlusion – rationale, indications and outcomes M Emmert, Zurich
 3d-glasses Live-in-a-box: Thoracoscopic left atrial appendage occlusion concomitant to endoscopic coronary artery bypass grafting (EACAB) P Suwalski, Warsaw
Left atrial appendage closure in different surgical scenarios S Hunter, Sheffield
Stand-alone epicardial left atrial appendage occlusion – need for registry A Witkowska, Warsaw
Live-in-a-box: Left atrial appendage occlusion using hybrid approach K Bartus, Cracow

Part 7: Coronary revascularisation

Chairmen: N Bonaros, Innsbruck & R Gil, Warsaw
 3d-glasses Live case 10: Coronary bypass grafting using mini extracorporeal circuit and endoscopic graft harvest R Smoczynski & J Staromlynski, Warsaw & M Stehouwer, Nieuwegein
Hybrid coronary revascularisation – rationale behind it N Bonaros, Innsbruck
What further data do we need in hybrid revascularisation? MO Zembala, Zabrze
 3d-glasses Live-in-a-box: Hybrid coronary revascularisation R Gil & P Suwalski, Warsaw
Minimally invasive direct and robotic multivessel bypass grafting B Kiaii, London, Canada
Update on mini extracorporeal circuit in clinical practice (MECC) M Stehouwer, Nieuwegein


The above programme is subject to change


20-22 June 2017 (3 day course)

Central Clinical Hospital of the Ministry of Interior and Administration
Woloska Str. 137
02-507 Warsaw,

Course Directors
P Suwalski, Warsaw; V Falk, Berlin and P Sardari Nia, Maastricht

Course Overview
Focused on technical aspects of different minimally invasive procedures, the course is designed to provide the participants with a platform and a basis for starting the same programme at their own institute.  To emphasize the success of the teamwork approach, cardiologists, perfusionists and anaesthesiologists will contribute through keynote presentations, live-in-a-box videos and live surgical case transmissions in order to demonstrate the technical aspects of the new procedures.

Course Format
3 day interactive lectures, live-in-a-box videos and live surgical cases.

Course Fee
Members: €450 inclusive of VAT
Non-Members: €550 inclusive of VAT

Course fee includes lunches and refreshments on all days, SimCity on Tuesday 20 June and group dinner on Wednesday 21 June.

Target Audience
Cardiothoracic surgeons; Cardiologists; Cardiac anaesthesiologists; Perfusionists; Residents and fellows

Learning Objectives

  1. Review and indications of the following techniques:
    1. Minimally access aortic valve replacement
    2. Minimally invasive mitral valve surgery
    3. Thoracoscopic atrial fibrillation and LAA occlusion surgery
    4. Transcatheter aortic valve therapies
    5. Minimally invasive coronary revascularization,
  2. Tips and tricks of above techniques with live surgery of each procedure
  3. Hands-on with simulators


For further information on the venue, accommodation and transport, please click here.


Tuesday 20 June 1700-1830

An opportunity to practice your minimally invasive techniques and skills using a wide range of technologies and equipment under the expert guidance of our faculty and Industry partners:

  • Wire-skills and TAVI simulations
  • Sutureless valves in porcine hearts
  • Minimally invasive mitral valve simulation
  • AF simulation
  • Imaging


This session is included in the registration fee



  • Nikolas Bonaros
  • Anno Diegeler
  • Robert Gil
  • Tomas Holubec
  • Steven Hunter
  • Marek Jasinski
  • Philipp Kiefer
  • Hendrik Treede
  • Anna Witkowska
  • Adam Witkowski