Comparison of the Early Results of Supra-Annular and Intra-Annular Aortic Valve Replacement in Isolated Aortic Valve Replacement

Sisli Etfal Hastan Tip Bul. 2024 Apr 5;58(1):23-29. doi: 10.14744/SEMB.2024.39112. eCollection 2024.


Objectives: This study aims to compare the early results of patients who underwent isolated aortic valve replacement (AVR) with supra-annular and intra-annular AVR.

Methods: Between 2013 and 2019, 113 patients (77 males; mean age 57.8±16.36 years) who underwent isolated AVR were evaluated. The patients were divided into two groups those who underwent supra-annular (n=59) and intra-annular (n=54) AVR. The most commonly used valves in surgeries St Jude Medical Masters (St. Jude Medical, Minneapolis, MN, USA), (n=35, 30.9%), Sorin Mitroflow (Sorin Group Inc., Mitroflow Division, Canada), (n=32, 28.3%, and Carbomedics Top Hat (Sulzer, Carbomedics, Austin, TX), (n=31, 27.4%).

Results: The cross-clamp (XCL) and cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) times of the patients who underwent supra-annular AVR were found to be significantly higher than the patients who underwent intra-annular AVR. However, there was no significant difference between the two groups in terms of postoperative adverse events. There was no significant difference between the two groups in the postoperative first-week transthoracic echocardiographic (TTE) findings.

Conclusion: When comparing supra-annular and intra-annular valve positioning results in patients undergoing isolated AVR, no significant difference was found between the groups in terms of postoperative complications, gradient differences in postoperative TTE, and ejection fractions. Supra-annular valve positioning should be considered, especially in patients with small annulus, in the presence of suitable anatomical features. However, this issue needs to be investigated in future prospective studies with more patients.

Keywords: Annular; aortic valve surgery; effective orifice area; heart valve prostheses; patient-prosthesis mismatch.