Aortic Valve replacement, Ascending Aorta replacement and Coronary Re-Implantation (the process of attaching the vessel feeding both hearts to the newly replaced graft) = Bentall Surgery. This complex surgery, which was first performed by Hugh Henry Benthall (1920-2012) in 1966, can be performed in today’s minimally invasive heart surgery while preserving the integrity of the sternum.
Hugh Henry Bentall, who has the title of being England’s first Professor of Cardiac Surgeon, was born in 1920 in the town of Worthing. St. Bentall, who studied Medicine at Bartholomew’s Hospital (London), worked at Hammersmith Hospital for 30 years. Bentall, who went to Moscow (Russia) in 1959 while doing General Surgery, had the chance to perform heart surgery there for the first time and watched 200 heart surgeries. After returning to his country, he performed his first heart hole surgery in England. This surgery is the subject of a TV series on BBC called “Your Life is in Their Hands”. In 1966, he performed the surgery named after him (Bentall Procedure) on a patient with Marfan Syndrome. Here, the Ascending Aorta, Aortic Root, and Aortic Valve are replaced all at once, and the vessels feeding the heart are first removed from the enlarged aorta and re-sewn to the new artificial vessel. This surgery has been widely performed in cardiac surgery since then.
As seen in the cover picture, Bentall surgery can now be performed through very small incisions (3.2 cm). Heart Surgery is developing day by day, preserving the bone integrity of patients and providing excellent cosmetic results. The results of these surgeries performed with the Femoral Cannulation and Mini-Sternotomy technique are at a level that competes with standard (open) surgery.