Aortic root surgery

Aortic aneurysm surgery

If you experience heart related problems that require aortic root surgery, our cardiology experts can help to treat you

About aortic root surgery

Aortic root surgery is a procedure to treat and/or prevent dilation or enlargement of the aorta (aneurysm). The aortic root connects the aorta and the heart. It contains coronary arteries and the aortic valve. Surgery is often carried out if the aneurysm reaches around 5.5cm in diameter. For patients with conditions such as Marfan syndrome, surgery is required if the aneurysm is even smaller in size. 

Need to know

  • What happens during aortic root surgery?  icon plus

    Aortic root surgery is carried out under general anesthetic. Your cardiac surgeon will firstly set aside your aortic valve and remove the aneurysm (enlarged area) on your aortic root. A synthetic tube (graft) will then be inserted as a replacement for this section of the root.

    If you're undergoing an aortic valve repair, your aortic valve will be reintroduced into the tube. This is beneficial for young people, as they may not need to take anticoagulant medication for the rest of their lives. If replacement surgery is required, a tissue or mechanical valve will be used.
  • How to prepare for surgery  icon plus

    Your consultant will explain how to prepare for aortic root surgery, answering any questions you might have. They will advise you on what to wear to the hospital, as well as food and drink intake 24 hours before the food procedure.

    You will likely have an echocardiogram, which is a type of ultrasound scan that assesses your heart and the condition of your valves and vessels. You may also have MRI and CT scans. These produce in depth images of your heart for your consultant.
  • After surgery icon plus

    Similar to open heart surgery, a gradual recuperation period is normal. However, provided you have no other serious medical conditions, you should experience a smooth recovery process. Regular check-ups with your cardiologist are recommended to monitor the valve.

    In order to prevent clotting, you may have to take anticoagulant medication for an extended period of time.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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