The Ross operation: Initial Israeli experience

E. Sharoni, J. Katz, O. Dagan, A. Lorber, R. Hirsch, L. C. Blieden, B. A. Vidne, E. Birk

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Background: The need for aortic valve replacement in children and young adults poses a special problem to cardiologists and surgeons. Replacing the sick aortic valve with the patient's pulmonary valve as described by Ross has proven to be a good option in this special age group. Objective: To review our initial experience in order to assess the short-term results. Methods: From January 1996 to June 1999, 40 patients (age 8 months to 41 years) underwent aortic valve replacement with pulmonary autograft. Indications for surgery were congenital aortic valve disease in 30 patients, bacterial endocarditis in 5, rheumatic fever in 3, and complex left ventricular outflow tract obstruction in 3. Trans-esophageal echocardiography was performed preoperatively and post-bypass in all patients, and transthoracic echocardiography was done prior to discharge and on follow-up. Results: There was no preoperative or late mortality. All patients remain in functional class I (New York Heart Association) and are free of complications and medication. None showed progression of autograft insufficiency or LVOT obstruction. Homograft insufficiency in the pulmonary position has progressed from mild to moderate in one patient, and three developed mild homograft stenosis. Conclusions: The Ross procedure can be performed with good results in the young population and is considered an elegant surgical alternative to prosthetic valves and homografts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-117
Number of pages3
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2000


  • Aortic insufficiency
  • Aortic stenosis
  • Konno operation
  • Ross operation
  • Subaortic stenosis


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