The Ross Procedure for Pediatric Patients

The Ross procedure replaces a narrowed or leaky aortic valve. First, the surgeon takes out the defective aortic valve and replaces it with the patient’s pulmonary valve. The new aortic valve allows the left ventricle to pump oxygen-rich blood to the body. The pulmonary valve is then replaced with a pulmonary valve from a deceased donor, which allows oxygen–poor blood to flow from the right ventricle into the pulmonary artery to the lungs.

While our experience and accomplishments set us apart, our doctors and staff help make Children’s a national leader in childhood cardiac care. Since 2000, surgeons at the Children’s Sibley Heart Center have performed more than 75 Ross or Ross/Konno procedures with a 100 percent 30-day in-hospital survival rate. 

What Should the Ross Procedure do?

The Ross procedure should allow a new aortic valve to grow with the patient since it is the patient's own valve tissue (the original pulmonary valve). For children with a heart defect, this is very important. It will also allow oxygen–rich blood to be pumped from the heart, through the aortic valve and out to the body. The pulmonary valve will need to be followed by a cardiologist, as it will require eventual replacement. However, replacement of the pulmonary valve is often safer and simpler than repeated operations on the aortic valve.

Long-term follow-up care to monitor the heart is needed.

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