Redo aortic root replacement: Experience with 31 patients

Ehud Raanani, Tirone E. David*, Göran Dellgren, Susan Armstrong, Joan Ivanov, Christopher M. Feindel

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Background. Aortic root re-replacement is being performed with increased frequency. Limited information is available regarding the surgical approaches and clinical outcomes of this reoperation. Methods. Between May 1980 and May 1999, 31 patients (mean age, 45 ± 15 years) underwent redo composite replacement of the aortic valve and ascending aorta. Indications for reoperation were prosthetic valve endocarditis in 12 patients (39%), failed biological valve in 17 (55%), and false aneurysm in 2 (6%). At reoperation, mechanical valves were implanted in 24 patients and biologic valves in 7. All patients with endocarditis had annular abscess and required reconstruction of the left ventricular outflow tract before implantation of a new valved conduit. Mechanical valves were used in 24 patients, aortic homograft in 4, and bioprosthetic valves in 3. The coronary button technique was used to reimplant the coronary arteries whenever possible. Extension of one or both coronary arteries with a short segment of saphenous vein or a synthetic graft was used in 16 patients (52%). The aortic arch was replaced in 7 patients (23%). Results. There was one operative death (3%) because of rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. The mean follow-up was 47 ± 46 months and was 100% complete. There were five late deaths (16%), three of which were cardiac related. The actuarial survival was 71% ± 12% at 5 years. Three patients experienced recurrent prosthetic valve endocarditis 4 months to 8 years after operation. The 8-year freedom from endocarditis for patients operated on for endocarditis was 82% ± 11% compared with 100% for those operated on for other reasons (p = 0.1). At the last follow-up, 21 of 25 survivors (84%) were in New York Heart Association functional classes I or II, and 4 were in class III. Conclusions. Redo aortic root replacement can be performed with good early and late results. Patients operated on for prosthetic root endocarditis may have an increased risk of recurrent late endocarditis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1460-1463
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2001
Externally publishedYes


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