Expertise in Aortic Aneurysms
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An internationally-recognized expert and leader in aortic aneurysm disease is here to help you!
Dr. Grayson Wheatley
Director of Aortic and Endovascular Surgery
Temple University School of Medicine
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Aortic Aneurysm Treatments
Endovascular Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair (EVAR)
Hybrid Aortic Arch Aneurysm Repair
Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Aneurysm Repair (TEVAR)
Fenestrated Endovascular Aortic Aneurysm Repair (FEVAR)
Fenestrated endovascular aortic aneurysm repair (FEVAR) is a minimally invasive approach to treating complex aortic aneurysms which involve the renal arteries. This technique involves a special medical device which has branches which will allow side-branches to remain patent.
Hybrid Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
Hybrid repair of thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms is a newly developed treatment for complex aortic aneurysms which involve both the chest and abdomen. This minimally invasive surgery avoids having to open the chest due to the use of an endovascular aortic stent-graft or endograft.
Aortic Dissection Repair
Aortic dissections are complex, often life-threating diseases, which involves a tearing of the aorta. This tear jeopordizes the integrity of the aortic wall. Treatment frequently is needed for this problem. Endovascular and open surgical procedures are available to prevent the dissected aorta from rupturing.
Aortic Root Replacement
Replacement of the aortic root involves open heart surgery and surgically replacing the part of the aorta which connects directly to the heart. Sometimes this involves repairing or replacing the aortic valve which is involved in the aortic root.
Open Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Repair
Open surgery for aortic aneurysms in the chest (thoracic aortic aneurysm) involves placing a patient on their right side and making an incision in between the ribs. The rib cage is then spread open and the aortic aneurysm is cut and replaced with a synthetic Dacron polyester tube.
Open Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
Standard open surgery for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) involves making a vertical incision in the middle of the stomach region (abdomen). The aortic aneurysm is then cut out and replaced with a synthetic Dacron polyester tube.
Chimney or Snorkel Technique with Aortic Stent-Graft
The chimney or snorkel technique for repair of aortic aneurysms is used when the aortic aneurysm is located near a branch vessel. In these circumstances, an endovascular stent is inserted into the origin of the side-branch vessel and the aortic stent-graft is deployed in the aorta parallel to the chimney stent. This allows the branch vessel to maintain blood flow.