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Benefits of new endoscopic aortic valve replacement technique demonstrated

12th March 2014

Medical professionals in France have carried out a groundbreaking surgical technique that allows aortic valve replacements to be performed using totally endoscopic methods.

Surgeons have successfully replaced the aortic valve of two patients without opening the chest during surgery, with data published in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery showing the quality of life benefits this can provide.

The totally endoscopic aortic valve replacement (TEAVR) technique was carried out using a sutureless bioprostheses mounted on a compressible self-expanding nitinol stent, with implantation taking less than 45 minutes in each patient. 

Endoscopic surgery is already used by cardiovascular surgeons for procedures such as atrial septal defect repair and coronary artery bypass grafting. It can result in faster recovery time, less pain and reduced chest trauma.

Lead author Dr Marco Vola of the department of cardiovascular surgery at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Saint-Etienne said: Further clinical experience and technical development are necessary to shorten operation times and to assess further the potential postoperative benefits of TEAVR."

Just under 5,000 aortic valve replacements were carried out on the NHS in England from April 2010 to April 2011. It is typically performed when narrowing or leakage of the valve is detected.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801702724-ADNFCR

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