Donna Pierce

Age: 47Baltimore, Maryland Donna Pierce is living a life she didn’t think would be possible for someone growing up with congenital heart disease. As a child, she had congenital aortic stenosis and always felt that her body and heart weren’t cooperating with her athletic mindset.  Donna underwent the Ross Procedure for aortic valve replacement in…

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Types of Aortic Valve Replacement Procedures

Dr. Paul Stelzer, MD   You have choices when it comes to aortic valve replacement. Which option is going to “give you your life back” and offer you the best quality of life? The choice is for you to make, says Cardiac Surgeon Paul Stelzer. In this video, Dr. Stelzer discusses some things patients should…

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The Ross Candidate

Dr. Paul Stelzer, MD   Should you consider the Ross Procedure? What type of patient would benefit from this aortic valve replacement surgery? Who is the ideal candidate for the Ross Procedure? Cardiac Surgeon Paul Stelzer discusses the characteristics of ideal or acceptable Ross Procedure patients, shares fascinating anecdotes of former patients and how they…

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The Ross Advantage

Dr. Paul Stelzer, MD   What are the origins of the Ross Procedure and why should aortic valve replacement candidates consider it? Cardiac Surgeon Paul Stelzer discusses the advantages of using the patient’s own “live” valve, as is done in the Ross Procedure, to replace the patient’s aortic valve; and how is this procedure beneficial…

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Ross Patient Story

Dr. Ismail El-Hamamsy, MD PhD Hear how the Ross Procedure significantly improved the life of one patient in need of aortic valve replacement. Cardiac Surgeon Ismail El-Hamamsy tells the amazing story of one of his patients whose health, life expectancy, and quality of life were restored and enhanced by the Ross Procedure.

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Debunking the Ross Procedure Complications

Dr. Ismail El-Hamamsy, MD PhD   Given that the Ross Procedure has been around for a long time, why is it still relatively obscure when it comes to aortic valve replacement options, and why are there still many persistent questions about it its effectiveness? For example, how could it be beneficial to make a one-valve…

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Options for Aortic Valve Replacement

Dr. Ismail El-Hamamsy, MD PhD How does the Ross Procedure stack up against other aortic valve replacement options? In this video, Cardiac Surgeon Ismail El-Hamamsy compares benefits of the Ross Procedure versus other options, such tissue or mechanical valves, or valve-in-valve procedures.

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Benefits of the Ross Procedure

Dr. Ismail El-Hamamsy, MD PhD The Ross Procedure has distinct benefits for the right patient when it comes to aortic valve replacement. In this video, Cardiac Surgeon Ismail El-Hamamsy discusses what those advantages and benefits are, and who might be the right candidate for the Ross Procedure.

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Victor Abraham

Age: 68 Los Angeles, California Victor Abraham has more energy than most people half his age. He proactively sought out aortic valve replacement options (before the internet!), and underwent the Ross Procedure over 24 years ago. His heart surgery inspired him to be stronger and more physically fit than ever before. Now, at age 68,…

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