Over the years I have modified my technique for inserting the post for the atrial lift system. Believe it or not, patients were complaining about pain from this insertion site more than from the mini thoracotomy incision.
In the past I was making a small incision in the chest where I wanted to insert the post and thereafter passed a tonsil clamp from the incision and into the chest. I would then take a red rubber catheter , place it through the thoracotomy incision and pull it out through the small incision. I would then use the red rubber catheter to guide the post back into the chest and later attach it to the blade. I think that maybe the insertion of the clamp was just too traumatic.
Please view this short video to see the new technique that I strongly recommend. I have provided the link below. (When you view it, click on settings, which is the little pin wheel on the lower bar, third from the right. This is the settings button. Click Quality and the select 720 HP. The resolution will be better)
If anyone has any suggestions or a better way, I would appreciate any comments.