Stay ahead of the curve when it comes to cutting-edge developments in cardiothoracic surgery by attending Tech-Con, which will be held immediately prior to the STS 55th Annual Meeting on Saturday, January 26. The 2019 program will feature technologies anticipated to be available in the next 1-3 years, as well as innovative, off-label, and outside-the-box techniques that address complex problems. Separate tracks will be offered for adult cardiac surgery and general thoracic surgery, and the day will conclude with a joint session featuring a special keynote lecture, debates, and the popular "Shark Tank" presentations.
View a full list of topics for each session below. For a list with speakers, click here.
Adult Cardiac Track I: New Technologies in Ischemic, Heart Failure, and Atrial Fibrillation Surgery
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
- Minimally Invasive Left Atrial Appendage Closure Through the Transverse Sinus: Why and How I Do It
- Sophisticated Mapping in the OR During Surgical Ablation: How to Do It With or Without Your Electrophysiologist
- High-Risk Cardiac Surgery Using Temporary Circulatory Support: How I Do It
- Smartphone App to Facilitate Donor Organ Harvesting
- Is Subvalvular Repair Worthwhile in Severe Ischemic Mitral Regurgitation?
- Noninvasive Imaging for Coronary Bypass: What’s New in Anatomic and Functional Evaluation of Coronary Artery Disease
- Advanced Hybrid Coronary Revascularization: Are Two Internal Mammary Artery Grafts Better Than One?
- Arterial Grafts: Lessons Learned from Arterial and Radial Conduits
General Thoracic Track I: New Technologies in Lung and Chest Wall Surgery
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
- A Novel Wireless Surgical Marker for Small Lung Lesions
- First Use of the ArtiSential Suite of Articulated Instruments in Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery
- Update on Robotic Bronchoplasty Techniques
- Novel Applications of Titanium Mesh in Thoracic Surgery
- State-of-the-Art in Chest Wall and Diaphragm Reconstruction: Current Materials and Techniques
- A Novel Approach to Patient Engagement
- Targeted Lung Denervation to Treat Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Adult Cardiac Track II: New Technologies in Aortic and Structural Heart Disease
10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
- Aortic Valve Repair Technology and Devices: Where Are We Going?
- PHASTER: Proximal Hybrid Aortic Stent Graft for Extended Repair
- Branched Endografts for the Aortic Arch
- Minimally Invasive Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement in Mitral Annular Calcification: Pearls and Pitfalls
- Transapical Mitral Replacement With Anterior Leaflet Splitting: A Novel Technique to Avoid Left Ventricular Outflow Tract Obstruction
- Update on New Transcatheter Mitral Replacement Devices
- A New Sutureless Device to Repair Mitral Chords
- First-in-Man Implantation of a Novel Balloon-Adjustable Mitral Ring
- Tricuspid Extracellular Matrix Cylinder Valves in Endocarditis: Earliest Steps to In-Human Valve Generation
General Thoracic Track II: New Technologies in Esophageal Surgery
10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
- Tissue-Engineered Esophagus
- POP and STER: Endoscopic Pyloromyotomy and Submucosal Tumor Resection
- FLIP for LINX: EndoFLIP for Antireflux Surgery
- Atrial Septal Defect Closure Device for Tracheoesophageal Fistula Repair
- Subxiphoid Approach to Mediastinal Tumor Resection
- EndoVAC for Esophageal Leak
Joint Session: The Future of Cardiothoracic Surgery Is Here
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Keynote Address: Artificial Intelligence—Hype or Hope for Med Tech?
- 2018 Year in Review: Summary of New Technologies and Major Research
- A Call for Change: Maintaining the Future of Our Field
- The Kinder, Gentler 4th Era of Heart Surgery
- Planning for Future Reoperation: Choosing the Valve for the Present
- Radiomics and Lung Cancer Detection/Modeling: Is This the Holy Grail?
- Debate: Coronary Revascularization Should Be Performed Only by Dedicated Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Surgeons
- Debate: Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy Should Replace Laparoscopic Heller Myotomy
- Past "Shark Tank" Presenters: Where Are They Now? What Have We Learned?
- Rapid and Leakproof Aortic Anastomosis Stapler
- Toroidal Valveless Pulsatile-Flow Ventricular Assist Device
- Neurostimulation for Pain Management After Cardiac Surgery
Because information on new technologies provided by commercial interests will be included in Tech-Con, continuing medical education cannot be offered for this activity.
Tech-Con Presentation Proposals
Tech-Con proposal submissions have now closed. If you have questions about your proposal, please contact the Education Department.