Ross Procedure


The Ross procedure is a surgical treatment for people with a diseased aortic valve. It is often offered to people under 50 who do not want to take long-term anticoagulant (blood-thinning) medications after surgery.

How the Ross procedure is done:

  1. A cardiac surgeon removes the diseased aortic valve.
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  2. Then, the cardiac surgeon removes the pulmonary valve and places it where the aortic valve was. After this, the pulmonary valve is called an autograft.
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  3. The cardiac surgeon then places a donor valve from a human cadaver in the pulmonary valve position. After this, the donor valve is called an allograft.


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