CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Rep 2023; 12(01): e24-e27
DOI: 10.1055/s-0043-1767696
Case Report: Cardiac

Minimal-Invasive Mitral Valve Repair after Breast Augmentation

1   Department of Cardiac Surgery, University Hospital Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Luca Koechlin
1   Department of Cardiac Surgery, University Hospital Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Elisabeth Artemis Kappos
2   Department of Plastic, Reconstructive, Aesthetic and Handsurgery, University Hospital Basel, Basel, Switzerland
3   University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Friedrich Stefan Eckstein
1   Department of Cardiac Surgery, University Hospital Basel, Basel, Switzerland
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Funding The authors received no financial support for the publication of this report.


Minimal-invasive mitral valve surgery after breast augmentation is an ongoing interdisciplinary challenge. Notably, the perioperative explantation of the breast implant, as reported in most cases, is of questionable benefit. We herein report on successful minimal-invasive mitral valve repair after subpectoral breast augmentation with perioperative preservation of the breast implant in situ.

Authors' Contributions

T.S. wrote the manuscript. L.K. and E.A.K. reviewed the manuscript. F.E. performed the surgical procedure and reviewed the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

Ethical Approval

Written informed consent for publication was obtained from the patient.

Publication History

Received: 20 April 2022

Accepted: 28 January 2023

Article published online:
26 April 2023

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