Ann Thorac Surg 2001;72:1515-1519
© 2001 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons
a Divisione di Cardiochirurgia, IRCCS Ospedale Maggiore di Milano, Milan, Italy
b Istituto di Malattie dellApparato Cardiovascolare e Respiratorio, Milan, Italy
c Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy
Accepted for publication June 22, 2001.
* Address reprint requests to Dr Fundarò, Divisione di Cardiochirurgia, IRCCS Ospedale Maggiore di Milano, Via Francesco Sforza, 35, 20122 Milan, Italy
Background. Chordal suture plication and free edge remodeling represent a personal technique for the repair of anterior leaflet prolapse. We report the results of an 8-year experience.
Methods. Sixty-one patients with degenerative mitral regurgitation caused by prolapse of the anterior leaflet (11) or both leaflets (50) underwent anterior leaflet prolapse repair. Twenty patients who had associated cardiac procedures are included.
Results. There were two perioperative deaths. Postoperative mitral regurgitation fell to 0.4 ± 0.7 versus 3.7 ± 0.4 preoperative (p < 0.0001). Mean follow-up was 40.5 months. There were 3 late deaths and 3 mitral reoperations (1 of 3 repairs, 2 of 3 replacements). Thromboembolism and endocarditis occurred in 1 patient each. Actuarial overall survival, freedom from cardiac death, and freedom from mitral reoperation at 92 months were 85.1% ± 7.9%, 88.9% ± 7.7%, and 94.6% ± 3.0%, respectively.
Conclusions. Our technique of anterior leaflet prolapse repair appears effective, safe, and durable at mid- to long-term follow-up, and may be used in the presence of extensive disease of both leaflets.
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