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Minimally Invasive Valve-Sparing Aortic Root Replacement
This video demonstrates the basics of the valve-sparing aortic root replacement (VSARR) procedure, including the dissection, graft measurement, and surgical tips for a competent and durable repair.
Minimally invasive procedures are continuing to evolve with the goal of providing reduced morbidity to the patient and earlier return to the activities of daily living. The VSARR procedure performed through a 5 cm incision and upper hemisternotomy is the natural evolution of the basic minimally invasive aortic valve replacement to a more complex aortic reconstruction. Extensive experience with the minimally invasive platform is encouraged before one incorporates more advanced techniques.