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The Silent Killer – Aortic Aneurysms – Resolved Without Open Surgery

Stent Graft Repair of Thoracoabdominal Aneurysmal Disease Significantly Reduces Procedural Risk and Recovery

PinnacleHealth's cardiovascular surgeons are using Stent Graft Repair procedures to repair and resolve ever more complex aortic aneurysms. "Up to about 15 years ago, there was a high risk of mortality associated with the open surgery required to resolve this issue. Today, instead of cutting open the chest, we can implant these grafts through small incisions in the groin or even percutaneously through the skin. The risk of mortality is significantly reduced, and patients usually go home the next day," says Brijeshwar Maini, MD, FACC, co-chair of Cardiovascular Research at PinnacleHealth. "An aneurysm is a swelling in the wall of an artery, in this case the aorta that is in danger of bursting. Usually, there are no symptoms for this condition. The whole point behind these stent grafts is to create blood flow through the graft past the aneurysm, thus eliminating the pressure on the aorta," adds Dr. Maini.

On May 18 at 7 p.m. EDT PinnacleHealth will present an ORLive webcast of a Stent Graft Repair of a Thoracoabdominal Aneurysm. Dr. Maini along with Sung Jin Park, MD, cardiovascular surgeon, will explain the surgery as it takes place and also answer live email questions from viewers during and after the procedure.



Brijeshwar Maini

Brijeshwar Maini, MD, FACC

Sung Jin Park

Sung Jin Park, MD