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Aortic root surgery

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

About

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

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    Aortic root surgery is carried out under general anesthetic. Your cardiologist 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 sewn back 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.
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    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 test, 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.
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    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 consultant are recommended to monitor the valve. In order to prevent clotting, you may have to take anticoagulant medication (e.g warfarin) for an extended period of time.
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Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • The Portland Hospital Facility

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 3131 7216
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

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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