Aortic dissection repair is surgery to mend a tear in the inner wall of the large blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the vital organs (aorta). This type of tear causes bleeding into and along the wall of the aorta. Over time, this continuous flow can cause the aorta to rupture, and because this is a potentially life-threatening condition, immediate surgery is often necessary.
The Cooper Heart Institute has a renowned team of cardiothoracic surgeons who offer world class care and have extensive experience performing aortic dissection repair.
Understanding the procedure
During aortic dissection repair, the surgeon will remove as much of the damaged aorta as possible and block the entry of blood into the area. The aorta is then reconstructed with a synthetic tube (graft) and in some cases a small wire mesh tube (stent) is placed to reinforce the area.
Indications for the procedure
Aortic dissection repair may be recommended when a tear develops in the inner layer of the aorta.
Departments Specializing in Aortic Dissection Repair
Departments at Cooper where aortic dissection repair is performed:
Physicians Who Specialize in Aortic Dissection Repair
Our aortic dissection repair specialists include: