Vermont and the northern New York region. Located in Burlington, Fletcher Allen is a regional, academic healthcare center and teaching hospital in alliance with the University of Vermont.
Minimally Invasive Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Surgery
Minimally invasive approaches are also used to treat thoracic aortic aneurysms. Aneurysms of the ascending aorta and first part of the aortic arch can be replaced through a 2-2.5 inch incision in the front of the chest. Only the top part of the breast bone is divided, which helps to:
- decrease blood loss
- reduce pain
- and promote an earlier hospital discharge and faster return to normal function.
Aneurysms of this part of the aorta are often associated with leaky or stenotic aortic valves. If so, the valve can also be repaired or replaced through the same incision at the same time. Aneurysms of the descending thoracic aorta can often be treated with even less invasive techniques, and repaired through the use of a catheter-placed stent graft that only involves a small incision in the groin to expose an artery for insertion of the catheter.
Heart surgeons at Fletcher Allen have a strong interest in the study and treatment of thoracic aortic aneurysms and have formed a team approach to care delivery, which involves vascular surgeons, cardiologists, and radiologists.
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