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You are here: Contents > 2014 > Volume 23 Number 1 January 2014 > AORTIC VALVE DISEASE > The Aortic Root: Simple as Possible, but not Simpler

The Aortic Root: Simple as Possible, but not Simpler

Denis Berdajs

Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV), Lausanne, Switzerland

During the past decades, replacement of the aortic valve (AVR) was considered a straightforward treatment of aortic valve disease. The technique is simple, with a relatively low perioperative mortality and morbidity (3-5%) and, as such, does not require a detailed knowledge of aortic root anatomy. However, with the renaissance of reconstructive 

procedures on the aortic root, an increased use of biological aortic valve prostheses (especially of stentless devices) and, finally, the revival of the Ross procedure, a more detailed understanding of aortic root function and morphology was required in the operating room.

The Journal of Heart Valve Disease 2014;23:25-30

The Aortic Root: Simple as Possible, but not Simpler

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