Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Repair

A thoracic aortic aneurysm repair is a surgery to fix a problem in the aorta. The aorta is the largest blood vessel in the body. It starts at the heart and passes down through the chest and abdomen. The thoracic aorta is the part of the aorta in the chest. The aorta carries blood from the heart to blood vessels that supply the lower body. This is a major surgery.

  • Call Your Doctor

    Call your doctor if any of these occur:

    • Irregular heartbeat
    • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge at the incision site
    • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
    • Burning, pain, or problems when urinating
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Unusual fatigue or depression
    • New, unexplained symptoms
    • Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain

    If you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition

    A thoracic aortic aneurysm repair is a surgery to fix a problem in the aorta. The aorta is the largest blood vessel in the body. It starts at the heart and passes down through the chest and abdomen. The thoracic aorta is the part of the aorta in the chest. The aorta carries blood from the heart to blood vessels that supply the lower body.

    This is a major surgery.

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  • Reasons for Procedure

    This surgery may be needed if you have an aneurysm of the aorta. An aneurysm is a weakened area of the blood vessel. It can cause the blood vessel to bulge out. A large aneurysm may burst and cause severe bleeding.