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You are here: Contents > 2013 > Volume 22 Number 3 May 2013 > CASE REPORT > Sutureless Medtronic 3f Enable® Aortic Valve Replacement in a Heavily Calcified Aortic Root

Sutureless Medtronic 3f Enable® Aortic Valve Replacement in a Heavily Calcified Aortic Root

Marco Vola, Jean-Francois Fuzellier, Azarnoush Kasra, Jérôme Morel, Salvatore Campisi, Gianvito Ruggeri, Jean Pierre Favre

Cardiovascular Surgery Unit, Saint-Etienne University Hospital, St-Etienne, France

The case is reported of a surgical aortic valvular stenosis with a severely calcified ascending aortic root in a 76-year-old woman. The morphology and size of the aortic annulus were unsuitable for transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI); thus, surgery was scheduled. Aortic calcifications allowed a transverse aortotomy 4 cm superior to the sinotubular junction, with a remote endoaortic view of the valve. A Medtronic 3f Enable® sutureless bioprosthesis was then implanted after aortic annular decalcification. Sutureless bioprostheses are new tools that promise to reduce technical difficulties and cross-clamp times in minimally invasive aortic valve replacement surgery. In addition, sutureless techniques may have other possible advantages in special circumstances requiring full sternotomy access, such as in the present case.

The Journal of Heart Valve Disease 2013;22:436-438

Sutureless Medtronic 3f Enable® Aortic Valve Replacement in a Heavily Calcified Aortic Root

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