The MUSC Advanced Aortic Surgery Program

Aortic Root Replacement

Aortic root surgery is performed to prevent rupture of an aneurysm of the aorta near the junction of your heart (the aortic root), and stop it from stretching the attached aortic valve.

In aortic root replacement, the surgeon removes a section of your aorta and your aortic valve and replaces it with an artificial tube (graft), and replaces the aortic valve with a mechanical or biological valve.

Valve-sparing aortic root repair is an option for some patients, and involves replacing the diseased section of your aorta with an artificial tube (graft). The patient's aortic valve remains in place, and is sutured to the inside of the graft.

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