Surgery for aortic root aneurysms traditionally involves replacing the aortic valve with a prosthetic one. However, a repairing a natural valve is always preferred.

What is it?

A new technique called valve-sparing aortic root replacement (VSSR) is a cardiac procedure to treat aneurysms and prevent aortic dissection. It replaces the aortic root without replacing the aortic valve eliminating the need for lifelong therapy and the potential risks of using prosthetic valves.

During the procedure a graft is attached to the valve to replace the aortic roof, while allowing the valve to be preserved.

Read more about Royal Brompton Hospital's heart valve clinic.

Aortopathy simply means any disease of the aorta, which is the main artery of the body.

Heart valve clinic contact information

Clinical lead

Professor John Pepper


Outpatients department (Outpatients East), Fulham wing/South block, Fulham Road

Booking appointments

Tel: +44 (0)207 351 8011 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)

Clinical nurse specialists

Tel: +44 (0)207 351 8497 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)