The Ross procedure has been set aside by some surgeons because of unpredictable long-term autograft function reported in some series.  We believe that there are important technical reasons for these results, which can be modified.  Professor Yacoub has identified the critical success factors for a predictable life-long lasting functional autograft, which he will share with us at our live teleconference in October.  Moreover, he has data to suggest that the Ross Procedure, if done correctly, can restore expected survival.  If so, it is now the second valve operation, along with mitral valve repair to have this capability. 

William F. Northrup III, MD