Aortic Aneurysm Surgery
The aorta circulates oxygen rich blood from the heart throughout the entire body. As the largest artery in humans it is crucial that it function properly, yet it is a complex mechanism and susceptible to several diseases and disorders.
When the three layered walls of the aorta weaken over time bulges or bubbles may form. The bulges are generically called aortic aneurysms. They can occur in the abdomen or chest.
Aneurysms generally develop over time and can be genetic, caused by unhealthy lifestyle choices, high blood pressure or the result of some sudden trauma to the aorta.
If a tear develops in the walls of a weakened aorta the layers may separate, like the layers of a peeled onion. This is called aortic dissection. Aortic dissections are usually an emergency condition and may require immediate surgery.
Aneurysm surgery at NYM
To treat aortic aneurysms, New York Methodist cardiovascular surgeons create care plans specific to each patient, based on the size of the aneurysm, symptoms and general health.
In addition to traditional aortic aneurysm surgery, NYM also offers a minimally invasive procedure called endovascular surgery, in which surgery is performed inside the aorta using thin, long tubes called catheters. Through small incisions in the groin, the catheters are used to guide and deliver a stent-graft through the blood vessels to the site of the aneurysm.
Compared to traditional surgery, endovascular surgery is generally less painful, with a lower risk of complications and a faster recovery because of the smaller incisions.
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Find a physician affiliated with the Institute for Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery here or call 866.84.HEART (866.844.3278).