M.S, General Surgery, Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.), Medicine, Fellowship In Minimal Access Surgery, Fellowship In Laparoscopic & Robotic Onco-Surgery, FIAGES, Fellow in MInimally invasive HPB surgery
General Surgeon - Specializes in Treatment of Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
A thoracic aortic aneurysm is a weakened area in the upper part of the aorta. The aorta is the major blood vessel that feeds blood to the body. It may also be called thoracic aneurysm and aortic dissection (TAAD) because an aneurysm can lead to a tear in the artery wall (dissection) that can cause life-threatening bleeding. Small and slow-growing thoracic aortic aneurysms may not ever rupture, but large, fast-growing aneurysms may rupture.
HOW IS THORACIC AORTIC ANEURYSM DIAGNOSED?
The condition is usually diagnosed by a general physician during routine medical tests such as chest x-ray or ultrasound of the heart. An echocardiogram and a CT scan will be needed for definitive diagnosis. Genetic testing is recommended with family history of this condition.
HOW IS THORACIC AORTIC ANEURYSM TREATED?
There is a risk that the aneurysm may open up (rupture) if you do not have surgery to repair it. The treatment depends on the location of the aneurysm. The aorta is made of three parts:
• The first part moves upward toward the head. It is called the ascending aorta.
• The middle part is curved. It is called the aortic arch.
• The last part moves downward, toward the feet. It is called the descending aorta.
Major surgery is done to replace the aorta with a fabric graft if the aneurysm is larger than 6 centimeters.
DID YOU KNOW?
Serious complications after aortic surgery can include:
• Graft infection
• Heart attack
• Irregular heartbeat
• Kidney damage