Replacement of the aortic valve and ascending aorta with a valved stentless composite graft: technical considerations and early clinical results.

@article{Urbanski2000ReplacementOT,
  title={Replacement of the aortic valve and ascending aorta with a valved stentless composite graft: technical considerations and early clinical results.},
  author={Paul P. Urbanski and Robert Wolfgang Hacker},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  year={2000},
  volume={70 1},
  pages={17-20}
}
BACKGROUND Replacement of the aortic valve and the ascending aorta with a conduit consisting of a mechanical valve and a Dacron tube has become a fairly common procedure. Commercially available conduits employing xenografts are rarely used for the same purpose, because if a reoperation becomes necessary due to degeneration of the valve prosthesis, usually the entire conduit must be replaced. A composite graft with a stentless valve, such as we describe in this article, avoids this problem… CONTINUE READING