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The aorta is a large artery that pumps oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the rest of the body. If this blood flow is interrupted for any reason, heart attack occurs.

Diseased or damaged aorta are repaired and replaced in an open surgery. The root surrounds the valve where the artery connects to the heart. The aortic arch is the sharp curve where the artery changes direction. Both of these areas require complex surgical procedures.

Depending on your unique condition, the Heart Team can help you decide on a replacement, repair or a hybrid procedure. We provide referrals to expert surgeons that have the highly specialized skills and experience to repair these delicate areas. An appointment with a cardiovascular surgeon requires a referral from your cardiologist or primary care provider.

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How it works:

  1. You will be placed under anesthesia and your doctor will make a chest incision.
  2. Your doctor will place clamps above and below the damaged section for removal.
  3. A graft (tube) will stitched in to replace the damaged section.
  4. Oxygen-rich blood will pump through the strong, new graft to the rest of the body.
  5. Your doctor will remove the clamps and check for leaks.
  6. Your Heart Team will closely monitor and partner with you to create a custom plan for recovery and rehabilitation.