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Minerva Cardioangiologica 2004 August;52(4):243-54

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Recent progress in heart valve surgery: innovation or evolution?

Lausberg H., Schäfers H. J.


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Although heart valve surgery continues to evolve in a dynamic fashion, there is still no optimal solution for all patients. Minimally invasive surgery currently receives considerable attention but its value still needs to be determined. Progress has been made in valve repair, which now allows reconstruction in most patients with mitral valve disease. Reconstruction of the aortic valve is now also possible with results that are now comparable to those of mitral repair. In the future a wider application of repair procedures and further improvements of biologic valves can be anticipated not only to influence long-term results, but also the decision making process for conservative or surgical treament.

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