How UVA's Surgeons Repair Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms
Our surgeons repair many thoracic aortic aneurysms with covered aortic stents (stent-grafts) inserted into the aorta through an artery in the groin. The stent is placed inside the aneurysm, preventing blood from flowing into the aneurysm.
Over time, the aneurysm shrinks. In some patients, when stents are not possible, open surgery (requiring an incision in your chest) may be necessary to repair the aneurysm by placing an artificial blood vessel into the aorta to replace the aneurysm.