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A New Alternative to Root Replacement in Marfan’s Syndrome: The ExoVasc Personalised Aortic Root Support
After learning that his aortic root was significantly dilated due to Marfan syndrome, Tal Golesworthy, an engineer, envisioned an external support system that could be custom-made for individual patients using MRIs, a CAD program, and rapid protyping. Working with a team of engineers and medical professionals, including cardiothoracic surgeons Tom Treasure and John Pepper, Mr. Golesworthy developed the ExoVasc, and became the first patient to receive the external support. Ten years after Mr. Golesworthy’s surgery, 44 additional patients have received the ExoVasc.
In this interview with Joel Dunning taped at the 2014 EACTS Annual Meeting, Mr. Golesworthy and Mr. Treasure discuss the development of the ExoVasc and its future as an alternative to aortic root replacement.