Chordal plication and free edge remodeling for mitral anterior leaflet prolapse repair: 8-Year follow-up

Pino Fundarò, Andrea Moneta, Emmanuel Villa, Marco Pocar, Michele Triggiani, Francesco Donatelli, Adalberto Grossi

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Background. Chordal suture plication and free edge remodeling represent a personal technique for the repair of anterior leaflet prolapse. We report the results of an 8-year experience. Methods. Sixty-one patients with degenerative mitral regurgitation caused by prolapse of the anterior leaflet (11) or both leaflets (50) underwent anterior leaflet prolapse repair. Twenty patients who had associated cardiac procedures are included. Results. There were two perioperative deaths. Postoperative mitral regurgitation fell to 0.4 ± 0.7 versus 3.7 ± 0.4 preoperative (p <0.0001). Mean follow-up was 40.5 months. There were 3 late deaths and 3 mitral reoperations (1 of 3 repairs, 2 of 3 replacements). Thromboembolism and endocarditis occurred in 1 patient each. Actuarial overall survival, freedom from cardiac death, and freedom from mitral reoperation at 92 months were 85.1% - 7.9%, 88.9% - 7.7%, and 94.6% ± 3.0%, respectively. Conclusions. Our technique of anterior leaflet prolapse repair appears effective, safe, and durable at mid- to long-term follow-up, and may be used in the presence of extensive disease of both leaflets.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1515-1519
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery

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