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Technical evolution of the Ross operation: midterm results in 186 patients.
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PMID:  11388219     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The Ross operation approaches the ideal aortic valve replacement. Between February 1995 and February 2000 we performed 186 procedures. This article reviews modifications introduced reflecting our experience. METHODS: In all patients the Ross operation was performed as root replacement. Echocardiographic follow-up was complete in 94% of patients. RESULTS: No operative death or early mortality occurred, nor did thromboembolic or hemorrhagic events. One patient died at 25 months from hemoptysis with pulmonary valve vegetations. Three patients required reoperation for autograft insufficiency. In 1 patient a tethered cusp was repairable and in 2 patients progressive autograft dilatation required autograft replacement. After routinely incorporating support into the aortic annulus and replacing all dilated ascending aorta, autograft dilatation did not recur. For the pulmonary homograft, one outflow patch was placed to relieve a symptomatic gradient. Nine patients with elevated gradients were under observation. Echocardiography revealed autograft median peak systolic gradients of 4.6+/-2.8 mm Hg, pulmonary homograft gradients of 14.8+/-9.6 mm Hg, and nil or insignificant regurgitation. CONCLUSIONS: The aortic annulus must be supported and the dilated ascending aorta replaced. Root replacement with a short autograft allows consistent results. Pulmonary homograft dysfunction is rare but unpredictable.
J O Böhm; C A Botha; J G Rein; D Roser
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Annals of thoracic surgery     Volume:  71     ISSN:  0003-4975     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Thorac. Surg.     Publication Date:  2001 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-05-31     Completed Date:  2001-06-14     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  15030100R     Medline TA:  Ann Thorac Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  S340-3     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Sana Herzchirurgische Klinik, Stuttgart, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Aortic Valve / surgery*,  ultrasonography
Child, Preschool
Follow-Up Studies
Heart Valves / transplantation*
Middle Aged
Postoperative Complications / ultrasonography*
Transplantation, Autologous
Transplantation, Homologous
Treatment Outcome

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