Universitätsklinikum des Saarlandes und Medizinische Fakultät der Universität des Saarlandes
Klinik für Thorax- und Herz-Gefäßchirurgie
Leitung: Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Schäfers
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Dear Colleague,


Repair of the aortic valve has become an attractive alternative to replacement due to the low incidence of valve-related complications and the associated high quality of life. In order, however, to achieve reproducible repair results it is important that the surgeon understands and applies the basic concepts that are specific for the reconstruction of the aortic valve. Professor Schäfers and his team have been dedicated to this field for more than 20 years and have developed and refined reconstructive strategies that can be applied to many regurgitant aortic valves, and based on systematic research they have attempted to advance the principal concepts from art to science. He is more than are happy to share experience and concepts in this workshop specially designed in a didactic way that allows most participants to reproduce the content.

Intended Audience:

Surgeons, cardiologists, and anesthesiologists who wish to obtain a comprehensive overview, as well as surgeons looking for a deeper insight into aortic valve repair.

Course Objectives:

  • Learn the morphologic characteristics of normal and abnormal aortic valve form
  • Learn the echocardiographic criteria of repairable aortic valves
  • Understand the principles of aortic root repair
  • Learn and understand the principles of cusp repair for different anatomic types
  • Learn the current limitations of repairability


We have prepared a combination of didactic lectures, video presentations, “hands-on” wet lab, and live operations. All of you are strongly encouraged to discuss and ask questions. Please bring your surgical loupes for the wetlab.

We look forward to meeting you and hope you will join us for three exciting days.


Next Course:
unknown because
of Covid-19

University Hospital of Saarland
Kirrbergerstr. 1
66421 Homburg/Saar

Fon: 0049+6841/16-32000
Fax: 0049+6841/16-32005


Course Registration at
EACTS Website