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.

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.