Aortic annuloplasty

  • William F. NorthrupIII
  • S. D. Rollins


The word “annuloplasty” derives from the Latin word anus or anulus meaning “ring” [1, 2] and the Greek word plastia from plastos meaning “molded” [3]. The official definition of “annuloplasty” is “surgical reconstruction of an incompetent cardiac valve” [1]. More generally, it means “plastic repair of a cardiac valve by shortening the circumference of its annulus” [2]. However, in practical surgical situations, a valve annulus can either be enlarged or reduced. Accordingly, we will discuss reduction and augmentation aortic annuloplasty in this chapter.


Aortic Valve Aortic Root Aortic Valve Replacement Bicuspid Aortic Valve Left Ventricular Outflow Tract 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • William F. NorthrupIII
    • 1
  • S. D. Rollins
  1. 1.Medical Relations and EducationCryo Life, Inc.KennesawUSA

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