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Arteries are blood vessels that deliver oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the rest of the body. The aorta is the largest artery in the body. Oxygen-rich blood enters the aorta and is pumped out to the rest of the body via smaller arteries that branch out from it.
The aorta can be affected by several conditions that can cause the aorta to dilate (widen) or dissect (tear). These conditions can cause serious health risks and impact your quality of life.
At Weill Cornell Medicine, our vascular and endovascular surgeons are experts at all surgical procedures to treat aortic conditions.
As our patient, you will benefit from highly personalized care that is based on the most advanced research and treatment options available. Our compassionate care team is here to help you achieve your best health with specialized vascular and endovascular surgical treatment for your aortic condition.
Our highly specialized team treats all aortic conditions, including:
● Acute aortic syndrome (a broad term to describe a group of aortic conditions that require medical attention)
● Thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm (complex aortic aneurysm that causes a bulging of the aorta from the chest to the abdomen)
In addition to surgical expertise, our patients receive the highest-quality medical attention to manage and improve functional health and well-being.
Aortic conditions require consistent monitoring and management. For patients with a smaller aneurysm, it is best to monitor health frequently. If it grows to a significant size or shows a higher risk for rupturing (breaking), surgery may be appropriate.
As our patient, you and your surgeon will discuss your condition, health goals and the benefits and risks of the most appropriate treatment options for you. Using this personalized and collaborative approach, we determine the best treatment for you.
Our vascular and endovascular surgeons are highly trained to perform both conventional and endovascular surgical techniques.
Endovascular aortic repair: During this minimally invasive procedure, a catheter (long, thin tube) is inserted into a small incision (cut) in the groin. The catheter is then led to the aorta so the surgeon can use this tool to surgically repair it. This type of procedure benefits patients with less blood loss, less pain and a shorter recovery.
Endovascular aortic repair is not right for all patients. You can trust the highly skilled surgeons at Weill Cornell Medicine to determine if this is an appropriate procedure for you.
Aortic repair: This traditional, open surgery has been performed for many years. During this procedure, the surgeon opens the abdominal cavity and repairs the aorta to improve strength and health.
To request an appointment, please fill out our form. Our staff will help you find the physician who best fits your individual medical needs.