Size, growth rate and medical history all factor into the decision of whether to operate on a descending aortic aneurysm. In this whiteboard session, Cleveland Clinic’s Eric E. Roselli, MD, surgeon in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, explains what surgeons look for in the descending aorta before they decide it’s time to carry on with surgery.
There’s no simple answer to the question: When can we operate on an aortic aneurysm? Every person is different. But the simplest way to think about it is, we operate when the risk of surgery is less than the risk of having a rupture or dissection from the aneurysm. In this whiteboard session, Cleveland Clinic’s Eric E. Roselli, MD, … Read More
Fixing an aneurysm involves removing the diseased part of the blood vessel and replacing it with an artificial one. Depending on its location, this repair can be executed by making a small incision, using X-ray imaging and the latest technology to insert “stent graft.” Aneurysms involving the first portion of the aorta most often require open surgery. In this whiteboard session, … Read More
A tear in your aorta, called a dissection, can be potentially life-threatening and require emergency surgery. The good news is, we have made great strides in treating aortic dissection and patients who deal with this problem can live long, healthy lives.
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The aorta is a huge blood vessel that’s as thick as the drainpipe under your kitchen sink. And it’s a key player in taking blood to your vital organs and various parts of your body. The aorta is divided up into sections, and location is everything when it comes to treating aortic aneurysms. In this whiteboard … Read More