Unclampable calcified aorta is an uncommon condition that all cardiac surgeons may encounter and performing aortic valve surgery in this condition with a non cross-clamping technique of using Foley Catheter has rarely been reported. Aortic valve surgery invariably becomes a high-risk, challenging procedure to cardiac surgeon or even a contraindication to surgery when the ascending aorta cannot be clamped due to extensive calcification precluding safe dissection and clamping. We describe and recommend a non cross-clamping technique of using Foley Catheter and report it successful use in two patients who underwent aortic valve replacement with "porcelain" unclampable aorta.
- Aortic valve replacement
- Foley catheter
- Porcelain aorta
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine