Aortic Aneurysm and Dissection Repair
An aortic aneurysm is a dilatation, bulging or ballooning of a part of the wall of the body's major blood vessel, the aorta. If the aorta reaches a point where the bulge becomes too large, it may rupture or split (aortic dissection), requiring emergency surgery to repair it.
The repair of aortic aneurysms requires exceptional skill and experience. We have special expertise in this area, particularly in patients who have other complex health problems and those who are elderly. We have achieved excellent outcomes in our patients — among the best in the nation — with a low rate of complications.
Key to this success is a team approach that brings together all of the experts required for a patient's care. In addition to experienced cardiac surgeons, your team includes interventional radiologists, anesthesiologists, critical care specialists, and dedicated nurses with specialized experience caring for patients treated for aneurysms. This is especially important for patients who may have other healthcare problems, such as diabetes and hypertension, which need to be addressed. Our surgeons are doctors who see the "big picture," providing comprehensive care to treat the whole patient — not just the disease.
Our services include:
Early identification of an aneurysm is critical and can be accomplished through non-invasive screening techniques such as echocardiography, computed tomography (CT) scanning, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Monitoring and early intervention
Once an aneurysm has been identified, one of our aortic surgeons will meet with you to discuss how the aneurysm should be monitored. If you need to have the aneurysm repaired, you may choose elective surgery with either a traditional or minimally invasive approach.
We have extensive experience repairing aneurysms of the entire aorta, including the ascending aorta, aortic arch, descending aorta, and thoracoabdominal aorta.
Minimally invasive surgery
For patients with specific aortic disorders and those who may be too ill to have traditional open surgery, we offer minimally invasive, endovascular stent grafting for aneurysm repair. Surgeons thread a catheter into the aorta through a blood vessel in the patient's groin. A stent is guided through the catheter and placed at the site of the aneurysm, where it opens up and acts as a scaffold to support the walls of the aorta. The aneurysm gradually shrinks over time. Because of our experience in this area, we use a FDA-approved devices which allows for more rapid recovery and an earlier return to normal daily activities in select patients.