The St. Jude Toronto stentless bioprosthesis: Up to 20 years follow-up in younger patients


  • Torsten Christ Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Berlin
  • Benjamin Claus Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Berlin
  • Robin Borck Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Berlin
  • Wolfgang Konertz Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Berlin
  • Herko Grubitzsch Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Berlin



Background:A retrospective long-term evaluation of the St. Jude Toronto stentless bioprosthesis in patients aged 60 years or younger.

Methods:From 1994 to 1997, 50 patients underwent aortic valve replacement with the prosthesis. Patients mean age at surgery was 54.5±6.3 years. Follow-up data were acquired by patient file research and telephone interviews. Morbidity and mortality were evaluated with time-to-event analyses using the Kaplan-Meier-method. The log-rank test was used to determine influencing factors for long-term survival and reoperation.

Results:Mean follow-up was 13.5±6.3 years with a total follow-up of 661.8 patient-years and a maximum of 20.0 years. Follow-up was 97.8% complete. Associated procedures were performed in 12 patients (24%), including coronary artery bypass grafting, mitral valve replacement and replacement of the ascending aorta. Freedom from reoperation at 10 and 15 years was 76.0±6.7% and 44.1±8.9%, respectively. Reoperations (n=26) started 4.4 years after implantation and were necessary due to: valve degeneration with regurgitation in 79.2% and stenosis in 12.5%, endocarditis in 4.2% and sinus valsalva aneurysm in 4.2% of the cases. The log-rank test revealed that only body-mass-index>25 lowered freedom-from-reoperation, while renal dysfunction, diabetes mellitus and arterial hypertension were not. Overall long-term survival at 10 and 20 years was 82.3±5.7% and 49.9±8.9%, respectively.

Conclusion:In younger patients the Toronto-bioprosthesis provided reliable long-term survival despite limited durability.


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How to Cite

Christ, T., Claus, B., Borck, R., Konertz, W., & Grubitzsch, H. (2015). The St. Jude Toronto stentless bioprosthesis: Up to 20 years follow-up in younger patients. The Heart Surgery Forum, 18(4), E129-E133.