Catheter-Based Therapy

Minimally invasive surgical procedures have been extremely effective in repairing heart valves, congenital heart defects and certain coronary disorders. Endovascular surgery is a relatively new technique that uses minimally invasive procedures to correct problems in blood vessels from within the vessels themselves (the standard surgical treatment for thoracic aneurysms is open-chest repair). For example, endovascular surgery can be used to treat a thoracic aneurysm without opening the chest.

Endovascular Stenting

Endovascular stenting has many benefits open surgery does not, including a smaller scar, less pain and a quicker recovery. This procedure is often used in patients whose overall health makes open surgery too dangerous. With the use of a catheter, a stent graft is inserted into a small artery through a tiny incision in the groin. Using x-ray, the surgeon then guides the stent graft to the damaged area of the aorta. The stent graft is then expanded, providing a reinforced channel for the blood to flow and thereby reducing the pressure in the damaged area of the artery, which prevents rupture.

Our surgeons are highly experienced in all the most advanced minimally invasive techniques, and we always attempt to use the least invasive approach medically possible.