How effective is the Ross procedure?
The Ross procedure, used for treating damaged aortic valves, is often a very successful procedure that yields favorable long-term results.
This procedure is typically performed on patients who want to avoid taking long-term blood-thinner medications and are younger than age 40 to 50. Compared with available alternatives in young adults with severe aortic disease, the Ross procedure is an effective long-term option for patients. The need for a reintervention is rare.
The Ross procedure affords superior dynamics of blood flow and growth over time. Also, replacement with living tissue is preferential to prosthetic materials. In addition, the results of studies show that the procedure is associated with lower mortality and fewer thromboembolic events.
Unfortunately, despite better outcomes, this procedure is technically complex; therefore, it is underused. However, it can be performed safely in hospitals where complex aortic root operations are routine.
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