Aortic Valve Stenosis-Surgery, Heart Surgery, Hopital le Bocage, Dijon, France


In 2011, Doctor Olivier Bouchot invited me to observe him carrying out “aortic valve stenosis-surgery” to replace an aortic valve. Stenosis is caused when a heart valve doesn’t open wide enough to allow maximum blood flow to the aorta. The narrowed valve causes the heart to work harder in an attempt to pump through sufficient blood  – and surgery is the only option.

I was allowed to record, video and photograph the procedure – which was certainly a rare and fascinating privilege. The operation took approx. 5 hours – and the skill and efficiency of Olivier and his team made their remarkable jobs seem almost routine.

Thanks to Hospital le Bocage, Dijon, Burgundy, France