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Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Dr. Michael Reardon
Methodist Aortic Network

Aortic Aneurysm Stent Repair

Stent repair is a minimally invasive method used to treat aortic aneurysms (thoracic and abdominal). It allows the surgeon to replace the damaged vessel wall from the inside by inserting a stent (expandable tube of tissue and metal) inside the aorta through a puncture in the groin.

This procedure removes the pressure from the aortic aneurysm and prevents further expansion. Compared with open aortic aneurysm repair, stent repair allows for a considerably shorter recovery period and usually requires no incisions.

At the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, we determine eligibility for aortic aneurysm stent repair by examining a patient's CT scan or MRI images followed by a consultation with a cardiovascular surgeon. Most patients are eligible for this method of aneurysm treatment.

Hybrid Procedures (De-branching)

The term hybrid procedures refers to techniques that combine open surgery and endovascular repair to treat aortic problems. Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center offers a two-stage hybrid procedure known as de-branching.

  • In the first stage, the surgeon re-routes blood to the vessels leading from the aortic arch using artificial Dacron® grafts, which prevents interruption of blood flow to brain and arms.
  • In the second stage, the surgeon implants an endovascular aortic stent that isolates the diseased portion of the aorta from the inside.

At the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, specialized aortic surgeons are leading the way with novel hybrid techniques that make treating the aortic arch safer, especially in older patients. These procedures have allowed us to avoid the complications and prolonged recovery associated with traditional open aortic arch surgery and use of cardiopulmonary bypass.

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