Failing left ventricle to ascending aorta conduit - Hybrid implantation of a melody valve and NuMed covered stent

Mario Gössl, Jonathan N. Johnson, Donald J. Hagler

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We present the case of a 36-year-old woman with increasing shortness of breath, a new 3/4 diastolic murmur, and a complex history of LV outflow tract obstruction. She has undergone multiple surgeries including the replacement of her old LV apex to ascending aorta conduit with a 20-mm Gore-Tex tube graft, addition of a 24-mm homograft sutured between the conduit and the LV apex, and insertion of a 21-mm Freestyle porcine valve conduit between the Gore-Tex tube graft and allograft at age 23 the current assessment showed a failing Freestyle conduit prosthesis leading to left heart decompensation. Due to substantial surgical risk, the patient underwent successful implantation of a Melody valve into the Gore-Tex tube and exclusion of the failing Freestyle bioprosthesis with a NuMed CP stent in a hybrid procedure the case nicely illustrates the collaborative potential of cardiovascular surgeons and interventional cardiologists in the new arena of a hybrid operating room. Complex hybrid procedures like the current one, especially those including percutaneous placements of valves, offer therapeutic options for patients that are otherwise too high risk for conventional open heart surgery. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)778-781
Number of pages4
JournalCatheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Issue number5
StatePublished - Apr 1 2014


  • congenital heart disease in adults
  • congestive heart failure
  • pediatric interventions
  • valvular heart disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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