Aortic Stenosis Repair
 
 

Aortic Stenosis Repair

Aortic stenosis is a heart valve disorder where the aortic valve does not open properly. The aorta is the primary artery transporting blood away from the heart. When the blood leaves the heart, it goes through the aortic valve into the aorta.

Surgery for aortic stenosis includes repair or replacement of the narrow valve or the area surrounding it. Different repair options are available depending on the age, gender, the child's needs and the specific problem with the valve.

Repair includes enlarging the valve or unobstructing the valve. If the valve needs replacement, the surgeon will discuss different types of valves. The Ross procedure replaces the aortic valve with the child's own pulmonary valve and then places a homograft valve (donated valve) in the location of the pulmonary valve.

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