The aorta is the large artery that channels blood from your heart to the rest of your body. Surgery is sometimes needed to prevent a rupture in this high-pressure pipeline. Surgery also can help smooth the flow of blood through the aorta, reduce the risk of clotting and stroke, and relieve pain.
While some aortic conditions may not need surgery and can be treated with medications, others can be life-threatening and require emergency surgery.
Treatment will depend on the size, shape, location and rate of progression of your specific aortic problem. Your overall physical condition, health and medical history will also be considered.
Mercy cardiothoracic surgeons are highly experienced in all types of aortic surgeries. You and your Mercy surgeon will discuss the exact tests and guidelines for deciding when and why aortic surgery is recommended. You’ll know all about the risks and benefits of your specific procedure, so you can make the right decision.
At Mercy, our Heart and Vascular team treats the whole person – not just a list of symptoms. From the initial diagnosis and treatment through recovery and rehab, our Mercy team will develop a personal treatment plan so you can live life to its fullest.