Thoracic Aortic Vascular Surgery
Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm is an expansion or ballooning of a section of aorta within the chest (thorax) that slowly degenerates. Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms are rare, occurring in approximately 6-10 per every 100,000 people. Surgery is often suggested if the risk of rupture is higher. The procedure for Thoracic Aortic Vascular Surgery is called Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair (TEVAR). TO fix the aorta, a device made of a fabric- covered metal mesh known as stent graft is inserted through a small hole. The device repairs the diseased aorta, helps to keep it open and allows blood to flow easily to rest of the body. The alternative to TEVAR is refer to as ‘open repair’, which requires a large incision through the breastbone or side of the chest.