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The Cardiac Surgery Service receives surgeons from Japan for training in implanting "sutureless" aortic valves

Posted on 31-10-2012

Last October 24 and 25, Hospiten Rambla Cardiac Surgery Service received a group of Japanese heart surgeons from the St. Maria hospital in Fukuoka, the Sendai Junkankibyo Center and the Kyoto Prefectural Hospital.

The surgeons came for training in implanting sutureless stented 3F and 3F Enable aortic valves as the Cardiac Surgery Service at Hospiten Rambla, directed by Dr Rafael Llorens, is the most experienced in the implantation of these valves in Spain.

The 3F Enable prothesis is the first surgical aortic valve approved for implantation by means of a sutureless technique, known as sutureless valves. The technique maximizes the hemodynamic advantages of the 3F's tubular design and the possibility of placing the valve rapidly in an optimum anatomical position thanks to its self-expanding structure.

The advantage of implanting a sutureless valve lies in reducing the time required for the implantation, thus reducing the total time required for the surgical procedure, which is beneficial for the patient’s recovery, particularly for patients over 80.

During the visit, Dr Llorens and his team gave several talks on the technique and the visiting physicians attended three valve replacement procedures and an off-pump coronary artery by-pass graft procedure.