Aortic valve sparing operations were developed to replace the aortic root while preserving the aortic valve.
There are two types of aortic valve sparing operations: remodeling of the aortic root and reimplantation of the aortic valve. It is believed that remodeling of the aortic root is more appropriate for older patients with certain heart conditions, whereas reimplantation of the aortic valve is more appropriate for young patients with aortic root aneurysm in whom dilation of the aortic annulus is commonly associated. Although remodeling of the aortic root has been extensively used in patients with aortic root aneurysm, the long-term results are somewhat inferior to reimplantation in most cases.
The late results of aortic valve sparing operations have been excellent, and these operations have become an important addition to the surgical options to treat patients with aortic aneurysms.Previous Page Last Review Date: January 8, 2018