What are the benefits of the ExoVasc® Personalised External Aortic Root Support surgery?
It takes a relatively short length of time to implant
The surgery to implant the ExoVasc® takes around two hours. This is considerably less time than the conventional Bentall graft, which takes around 5 to 7 hours, depending on the surgeon. It therefore carries considerably less risk.
It does not require the patient to take anticoagulant drugs post-surgery
The aorta remains intact and there is no cutting of any vessel. There is therefore no need for the patient to take anticoagulant drugs.
- further surgery can be performed if necessary
- it can be undergone by young women who may wish to become pregnant.
It offers peace of mind
Because the ExoVasc® supports the aorta, the patient can be sure their aorta will not continue to expand. Because the patient does not need to take anticoagulant drugs, they need not live in fear of excessive bleeding.
What are the drawbacks of the ExoVasc® Personalised External Aortic Root Support surgery?
The procedure requires surgery
Although the procedure takes considerably less time than a Bentall graft, surgery is still required. It therefore poses some risks.
The procedure is relatively new
The device completed its clinical trial in June 2009. However, it has been implanted successfully in 35 patients – with more than 143 years' collective post-operative experience.
People affected by Marfan syndrome who are interested in ExoVasc® Personalised External Aortic Root Support surgery may find the following information sheet useful when discussing the procedure with their GP.