The benefits of the Ross Procedure sought by most patients are the avoidance of blood thinners (Coumadin) and the restoration/preservation of quality of life. The ability to return to life unrestricted by medications and blood tests is a liberating aspect leaving valve disease behind and unrestricted lifestyle ahead.

It is certainly prudent for any patient who has had valve surgery to make an annual checkup part of life and an echocardiogram is an important part of this for most people. However, there need be no major concern about travel, sports, pregnancy, diet or occupational demands for the vast majority of Ross patients.