Aortic Repair

The body's most important artery, the aorta, is the main pathway through which oxygenated blood travels from the heart to the rest of the body. Because of the aorta's key role in the circulatory system, aortic problems can have serious — even fatal — consequences. Aortic repair surgery may be required to treat several conditions that can interfere with the aorta's function.

Aortic Repair Surgical Treatment

Houston Methodist’s cardiologists use a combination of state-of-the-art advanced diagnostic imaging tools, such as regularly scheduled ultrasounds, to recommend surgical treatment options for specific types of aortic repair.

  • Open Aortic Aneurysm Repair: This surgical procedure is used to repair a bulge in the aorta, known as an aortic aneurysm. During surgery, the weakened part of the aorta is replaced with a synthetic material called a graft. The surgical approach will vary depending on the location (in the chest or in the abdomen) of the aneurysm.
  • Aortic Root Repair: The aortic root is a short, mostly tubular segment that runs between the aortic valve and the ascending aorta, which can be adversely affected by diseases affecting the ascending aorta. Houston Methodist’s cardiovascular surgeons use this procedure to replace the damaged wall of the aortic root with a synthetic tube.
  • Aortic Valve-Sparing Root Repair: When the aortic root is dilated (bulging), but the aortic valve leaflets are still healthy, an aortic valve-sparing root repair may be recommended. This procedure involves replacing the aortic root, while preserving the natural aortic valve and is usually sufficient for treating most aortic valve leaks that are not due to disease in the valve itself.

In some cases, minimally invasive surgery, hybrid procedures or innovative therapies may be recommended as your best treatment options. Our physicians, radiologists, anesthesiologists and cardiovascular surgeons also provide 24-hour access to rapid care, including diagnosis and immediate therapy for patients with acute aortic syndromes.