How The Procedure Is Done
The Bentall procedure is performed using a certain technique, method, and process to accomplish the goal of a sufficiently functional aortic valve and trunk. The patient is put under anesthesia, so they will not feel any pain or be awake during the procedure. The surgeon makes an incision in the patient's chest and temporarily ceases the activity of their heart. The patient's blood is directed into a machine called a bypass machine that performs the heart's functions while the surgery is performed. The surgeon removes the diseased or damaged section of the individual's aorta as well as the aortic valve. A large section of the patient's aortic wall that surrounds the origination point of the coronary arteries is cut from the excised aorta and sutured to a man-made graft containing a bioprosthetic valve. Each end of the remaining aorta sections is sewn to the corresponding ends of the graft, effectively securing a new valve and segment of the aorta. The valve and graft are tested by the surgeon, and the incision is sutured up. The procedure usually takes up to five hours.
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