Course 5: Aortic Root Enlarging Procedures

Course Directors: David A. Fullerton, Aurora, CO, and S. Adil Husain, San Antonio, TX 


This course will review the anatomic approaches and surgical techniques employed in performing aortic root enlarging procedures. Surgical strategies addressed will include Nicks, Manougian, Mavroudis, Ross Konno, upsizing the aortic root-Bentall type procedure, and myectomy/myotomy techniques.

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

  • Identify the anatomy and appropriate surgical landmarks in the left ventricular outflow tract and aortic valve apparatus 
  • Describe the incision sites and overall surgical techniques for a variety of root enlargement strategies 
  • Discuss surgical pitfalls associated with each strategy and mechanisms by which to delineate options based upon patient and anatomic substrate

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.