Course 4: Valve-Sparing Aortic Root Replacement

Course Directors: Duke E. Cameron, Baltimore, MD, Edward P. Chen, Atlanta, GA, and Bo Yang, Ann Arbor, MI 


This course will provide interactive, hands-on instruction of the surgical techniques and critical steps necessary for performing a successful valve-sparing aortic root replacement (VSRR). Several faculty members and proctors who are familiar with the operation will be readily available to provide assistance and consultation throughout the course. Online video-based instruction will be provided prior to the course, illustrating the surgical nuances for the procedure.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to: 

  • Describe the anatomy of the aortic root
  • Summarize the technical steps necessary for successful performance of a VSRR
  • Apply different methods in choosing a graft size
  • Discuss leaflet repair and annuloplasty methods

Please watch the video below containing background information and lecture materials associated with this course. Additionally, the course directors have provided supplemental materials that can be accessed via Dropbox now.

Please note: No CME credit is associated with the viewing of web-based content. This presentation was created for The Society of Thoracic Surgeons STS University courses, and STS retains sole rights to these materials.