Aortic Aneurysm

An aortic aneurysm is a bulging or weakening of the wall of your aorta—the major artery leaving your heart, and the largest artery in your body. A rupture or tear (aortic dissection) of the aorta can be life-threatening, so proper care at a medical center like NewYork-Presbyterian can be life-saving. People come to us for our extensive experience repairing aneurysms of the entire aorta, including the ascending aorta, aortic arch, descending aorta, and thoracoabdominal aorta and abdominal aorta. We offer the full range of treatments and customize your care to your needs.

  • A Team of Experts: We bring together all the experts you need for your care. In addition to experienced heart and vascular surgeons, your team includes cardiologists, interventional radiologists, anesthesiologists, critical care specialists, and dedicated nurses with specialized expertise caring for people with aortic aneurysms.
  • Treatment When the Time Is Right: Not everyone with an aortic aneurysm needs surgery right away. We evaluate you carefully and provide a full and honest assessment of the optimal timing of your surgery to enhance its success and avoid operating too soon.
  • Minimally Invasive Aneurysm Repair: We take the least invasive approach possible to repair your aortic aneurysm, enabling you to recover more quickly. We are leaders in endovascular stent grafting techniques for thoracic, thoracoabdominal, and abdominal aortic aneurysms and dissections. Our surgeons also have extensive experience with the traditional "open" surgical repair of aortic aneurysms and dissections.
  • Valve-Sparing Repair of Ascending Aortic Aneurysms: We have had excellent success repairing ascending aortic aneurysms — the most common type of aortic aneurysms — without having to replace the aortic valve. We can now fix an aneurysm and often save and reconstruct your natural aortic valve, so it works correctly and is durable, and you don't have to take blood thinners after surgery. Also, the chance that you'll need another operation on that valve is extremely small.
  • Advanced Operative Imaging Technologies: We utilize advanced imaging technology to guide both endovascular and open aortic procedures. Three-dimensional ultrasound, intravascular ultrasound, cone-beam CT scans, and fusion imaging techniques provide crucial information to guide aortic repairs, making them safer and more efficient.
  • Care for Complex Medical Conditions: We have exceptional expertise treating older individuals and those with complex medical conditions, including connective tissue disorders such as Marfan's syndrome that increase the risk of aortic aneurysms. In fact, NewYork-Presbyterian was one of 19 international surgery centers chosen to participate in the Aortic Valve Operative Outcomes in Marfan Patients Study Group, which reported the successful use of valve-sparing aortic aneurysm surgery in these patients.
  • A Record of Success: Our surgeons have achieved excellent outcomes in our patients—among the best in the nation—with a low rate of complications.
  • Leaders in Research: Our investigators are evaluating the use of custom-designed stent grafts to treat thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms (those located in the aorta in both the chest and abdomen) to make treatment safer for patients when open surgery may be too risky. Through this and other clinical trials, we provide additional treatment options for patients.

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