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CryoLife's Second Annual Surgical Congress for the Ross Procedure to Draw More than 130 Cardiovascular Surgeons from Around the World
Date:9/3/2009

ATLANTA, Sept. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- More than 130 cardiovascular surgeons from approximately 30 countries are scheduled to attend the second annual global Ross Summit, a two-day surgical congress focused on the highly complex Ross Procedure, which is performed on up to 1,500 individuals globally each year -- a number that is expected to increase as survival data become more widely published.

CryoLife, Inc. (NYSE: CRY), a biomaterials, medical device and tissue processing company, will convene the summit at its corporate headquarters training facility in suburban Atlanta Sept. 25-26. The forum provides an opportunity to review and discuss current peer-reviewed data from the world's experts relating to the survival advantage of the Ross Procedure and technical nuances required to perform the operation successfully.

The Ross Procedure is a type of specialized aortic valve surgery in which the patient's diseased aortic valve is replaced with his or her own pulmonary valve. The pulmonary valve can then be replaced with a cryopreserved human pulmonary valve.

Pioneered in 1967, by Mr. Donald N. Ross, FRCS in London, U.K., the procedure is a complex surgical technique that is performed by surgeons skilled in reconstructive cardiac surgery due to the level of technical expertise required to execute the procedure.

"In children, young adults and in active older adults, the Ross Procedure offers several advantages over other traditional aortic valve replacement options," said Dr. William Northrup III, vice president of physic
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