Aortic root surgery is a procedure to treat a dilation or enlargement (aortic aneurysm) of the large blood vessel that carries blood from your heart to your vital organs (aorta). Doctors perform aortic root surgery to prevent rupture of the dilated aorta, and to prevent the dilated aorta from stretching the attached aortic valve. Aortic aneurysms near the junction of your aorta and your heart (aortic root) are associated with Marfan syndrome and other heart conditions.

  • Expertise and experience. Mayo Clinic doctors trained in heart and blood vessel surgery (cardiovascular surgeons) have expertise evaluating and treating aortic conditions. Surgeons have experience performing aortic root surgery, including aortic root replacement and valve-sparing aortic root repair.
  • Team approach. Mayo Clinic cardiovascular surgeons work with doctors trained in heart diseases (cardiologists) and others to evaluate and treat your condition.
  • Diagnostic tools. Mayo Clinic doctors use detailed imaging tests to diagnose aortic aneurysms, test for tears in the aortic wall (aortic dissection) and determine the most appropriate treatment for your condition.
  • Research. Mayo Clinic doctors conduct research in potential techniques for aortic root surgery and other cardiovascular surgeries, and conduct clinical trials.

Mayo Clinic doctors perform several types of aortic root surgery, including:

  • Aortic root replacement. In aortic root replacement, your surgeon removes a section of your aorta and your aortic valve. The section of your aorta is replaced with an artificial tube (graft), and your aortic valve is replaced with a mechanical or biological valve.
  • Valve-sparing aortic root repair. In this procedure, your surgeon replaces the enlarged section of your aorta with an artificial tube (graft). Your aortic valve remains in place, and your surgeon sutures the valve inside of the graft.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for heart and heart surgery.

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Doctors trained in cardiothoracic surgery treat people who have aortic root surgery at Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at 800-446-2279 (toll-free) 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, Monday through Friday or complete an online appointment request form.

Doctors trained in cardiothoracic surgery treat people who have aortic root surgery at Mayo Clinic in Florida.

For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at 904-953-0853 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday or complete an online appointment request form.

Doctors trained in cardiovascular surgery treat people who have aortic root surgery at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at 507-538-3270 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday or complete an online appointment request form.

Doctors trained in pediatric cardiology and cardiovascular surgery treat children who have aortic root surgery at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Children needing hospitalization receive care at Mayo Eugenio Litta Children's Hospital at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at 507-538-3270 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday or complete an online appointment request form.

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Mayo Clinic doctors trained in heart and blood vessel surgery (cardiovascular surgeons) study potential techniques for aortic root surgery and other cardiovascular procedures. Read more on the cardiovascular diseases research website.

Mayo Clinic publications

See a list of publications by Mayo Clinic doctors on aortic root surgery on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.

Read an article about valve-sparing root repair in Marfan syndrome.

Jul. 27, 2011