- Carefully selected one piece valve from one porcine root
- A select number of harvested roots meet the exacting standards required, typically less than 10%
- Tissue is maintained fresh during the transport and assessment.
- Anti Calcification Protocol (ACP) is maintained throughout to help reduce calcification, which is often due to incorrect flexion and over stressing of leaflets Only natural materials, apart from sutures, are used in the elan™ valve thus potentially reducing the propensity for endocarditis
- Demonstrates excellent early haemodynamic results, with very low transvalvular gradients, good flow characteristics and low regurgitation incidence10
- Offers an alternative to homograft in acute aortic endocarditis10, 11
- Ease of implantation is evidenced by favourable ischaemic times10, 11
The elan™ valve is freshly harvested and carefully assessed before being prepared and configured non-stented for fixation. This valve has no cloth covering and apart from suture material the valve is constructed entirely from porcine root and pericardium.
- Butterfield M et al (1991)
Leaflet Geometry and Function in Porcine Bioprostheses
Eur J of Cardio-thorac Surg 5:27-33
- Butterfield M et al (1993)
Frame-Mounted Porcine Valve Bioprostheses: Preparation during Aortic-Root Dilatation
J.Thorac Cardiovasc Surg; 106:1181-8
- Fisher J (1995)
Porcine Bioprosthetic Valves - Prepared with Permanent Pre-dilation of the Aortic Root
Journal of Heart Valve Disease (suppl 1) :S81-84
- Goldsmith I R et al.(1998)
Experience with Low-Dose Thromboprophylaxis for the Tissuemed Porcine Bioprosthesis: A Survey of Five Years’ Experience
The Journal of Heart Valve Disease 7:574-579
- Goldsmith I R et al (2001)
Midterm Evaluation of the Tissuemed (Aspire) Porcine Bioprosthesis: 493 Patients, 506 Bioprostheses
Ann Thorac.Surg; 71:1471-6
- Kumar et al. (2003)
Ten Year Experience with Aspire (Tissuemed) Porcine Bioprosthesis: Single Centre Experience
Cardiovasc. Surg. Apr; 11(2):131-7
- Hadjinikolaou L et al (2005)
Aspire Porcine Bioprosthesis: Ten Years’ Experience
Journal of Heart Valve Disease; 14: 47-53
- Jennings L and Fisher J (2006)
Bioprosthetic Heart Valve Design Portfolio – A Technical Paper
BITE CIC Project Report PP/040/01/01 Data on file.
- Rosin M et al.(2008)
15 Year Experience with the Aspire Stented Valve Prosthesis
Presentation at private breakout session on the occasion of EACTS, Lisbon 2008. Data on file.
- Flynn et al (2001)
The aortic élan stentless aortic valve: Excellent hemodynamics and ease of implantation
Semin in Thoracic & cardiovasc Surg Vol 13:4 (Suppl 1)
- Kulvinder, L et al (2001)
The aortech élan stentless aortic valve (EVS) Excellent hemodynamics & ease of implantation – results of 92 patients
Presented at the Indian congress on Cardiothoracic surgrery
- Data on file at Vascutek Ltd. – Wood A. The Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
- Data on file at Vascutek Ltd. Duijst P. University of Amsterdam December 2002
- Data on file, Vascutek Ltd.
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1. Are the valves MRI compatible?
Yes, the valves are compatible with Magnetic Resonance Imaging. The materials used in the construction of all of our valve products are entirely non-ferrous.14
2. Can the valves be re-sterilised?
No, the valves must not be re-sterilised. Vascutek accept no responsibility or liability for re-sterilised products.