Congenital: Aortic Valve
Aortic valve surgery in childrenThe ideal aortic valve surgery in children must result in an unobstructed, competent aortic valve that is also durable and accommodates growth of the child. Intuitively, aortic valve surgery in children must emulate native aortic valve anatomy and physiology as close as possible, preferably using autologous tissues with growth potential. The optimal approach to aortic valve surgery in children is yet to be defined. The purpose of this focused review is to highlight recent key publications on the topic.
Commentary: Prediction of pulmonary root dilatation after Ross operation—The power of protein shake?An explosive development of global molecular assessment technology during the recent decades has resulted in the multitude of “-omic” approaches awaiting to be translated into surgical practice. To most surgeons, however, genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, comics, and other “-omics” are of very similar predictive and entertaining value. Namely, often the “-omics” do not predict anything and are somewhat mildly entertaining, at least as far as the surgical outcomes are concerned. This is the current state of affair in surgical “-omics”.