Aortic Valve Reconstruction to Treat Aortic Stenosis Using Autologous Pericardium: Ozaki Procedure
Tremendous advances have been made in the treatment of valvular disorders in recent years. Due to the development of new biological and mechanical valves and the evolution of valve-preserving surgical techniques, the search is on for surgical techniques that will not only improve curability but also lead to a higher quality of life. In recent years, the valvuloplasty techniques developed for mitral valves have also been used to treat aortic insufficiency (also known as aortic regurgitation or AR). However, there are still no established forms of valvuloplasty to treat aortic stenosis (AS). In our department, we perform aortic valve neo-cuspidization using autologous pericardium. This surgical technique was first used in April 2007, and by the end of December 2015, 850 patients had undergone the procedure at our hospital with extremely favorable outcomes [1–12].
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