PerfWeb #66 — Mitral Valve Surgery Without Touching the Aorta.
PerfWeb #66 — Mitral Valve Surgery Without Touching the Aorta.

PerfWeb #66 — Mitral Valve Surgery Without Touching the Aorta.

  • Faculty: Program director Joseph Basha, CCP
  • Date: August 19th, 2021 2:45 pm
  • CEU’s: 2.4 CEUs
  • Price: $36
  • Category 3 CEU
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Course description

Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve surgery is an excellent technique to correct a problem with the valve that removes the risks associated with sternotomy.
However, the technique continues to require manipulation of the aorta, either by cross clamp or by endo balloon.
Joe discusses a novel approach to minimally invasive mitral valve surgery that eliminates the need to touch the aorta and substantially reduces stroke risk.


The healthcare industry is a constantly evolving landscape, especially in the realm of cardiac surgery. With advancements in medical technology and surgical techniques, the focus has shifted towards enhancing patient safety and improving surgical outcomes. One such advance is the minimally invasive approach to mitral valve surgery. Hosted by seasoned professionals Joe Basha and Tammy Sparacino, "PerfWeb #66" aims to shed light on a groundbreaking method in mitral valve surgery that eliminates the need for manipulating the aorta, significantly reducing the risk of stroke. This webinar serves as a treasure trove of knowledge, particularly for perfusionists keen on staying ahead of the curve.

Why This Webinar Is Important

The traditional approach to mitral valve surgery often involves sternotomy, which, although effective, brings a host of risks and complications. Minimally invasive methods were developed to mitigate these risks but introduced new challenges, notably the manipulation of the aorta. This webinar addresses these issues head-on, offering a new perspective that could revolutionize the field. For perfusionists, this could mean a dramatic change in how they participate in these surgical procedures, from preparation to execution and post-operative care.

Key Topics Covered

Advancements in Minimally Invasive Techniques

Joe and Tammy Sparacino kick off the webinar by dissecting the historical and current advancements in minimally invasive mitral valve surgery. They delve into the science and technology that have propelled this technique to the forefront of cardiac care, offering insights into its growing popularity and efficacy.

Understanding the Aortic Dilemma

The webinar takes a critical look at the challenges of aortic manipulation in current minimally invasive techniques. Traditional methods often employ a cross-clamp or an endo balloon, both of which come with their own set of risks. Joe and Tammy explore these in detail, providing a balanced view on why a new approach is essential.

Introduction to the Novel Approach

Here, the focus shifts to the revolutionary method that Joe introduces. This segment serves as the cornerstone of the webinar, illuminating how this new approach avoids aortic manipulation altogether. The speakers delve into the science behind this method, detailing the mechanics and advantages that set it apart from existing techniques.

The Significance of Stroke Risk Reduction

A substantial part of the webinar is dedicated to discussing the reduction in stroke risk, a critical issue in cardiac surgery. Stroke can lead to debilitating outcomes, and the significance of a method that minimizes this risk cannot be overstated. Joe and Tammy offer data and case studies to underscore the efficacy of their approach.

Technical Deep Dive

Technical acumen is a cornerstone for any healthcare professional. The webinar ensures that perfusionists walk away with a robust understanding of the surgical mechanics involved. This involves a granular look at the equipment used, the surgical steps, and what perfusionists need to know to adapt to this new technique.

Broad Healthcare System Implications

Joe and Tammy also tackle the broader implications of adopting this new approach on the healthcare system at large. They discuss how this technique could potentially reduce operating times, lower healthcare costs, and lead to quicker patient recovery—factors that could revolutionize healthcare economics.

Future Horizons in Mitral Valve Surgery

This segment is dedicated to exploring what the future holds. With constant advancements in technology and surgical techniques, what could the next iteration of mitral valve surgery look like? Joe and Tammy offer their educated predictions and insights, backed by years of experience and study.

A Call to the Perfusionist Community

The webinar wraps up with a stirring call to action. The speakers emphasize the importance for perfusionists to be early adopters and champions of this groundbreaking technique. They discuss training programs, accreditation, and how perfusionists can actively participate in this surgical revolution.


"PerfWeb #66" is not just a webinar; it's a catalyst for change in the field of cardiac surgery. By offering a novel approach to mitral valve surgery that significantly mitigates stroke risk, it holds the potential to redefine surgical best practices and set new standards in healthcare. For perfusionists, cardiac surgeons, and healthcare administrators alike, this webinar is an invaluable resource. It offers not just theoretical knowledge but practical insights that can be directly applied in surgical settings. Don't miss this opportunity to be part of a revolutionary change in healthcare. Bookmark, share, and stay tuned for more.

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Program director Joseph Basha, CCP

Program director Joseph Basha, CCP

Joseph has been a practicing clinical perfusionist for 40 years. Joseph is the CEO of Houston Extracorporeal Technologies and is the program director of The New Orleans Conference

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