I had repair of ascending aorta & aortic arch aneurysms in Oct. Also aortic valve repair. The descending aortic aneurysm was not repaired. If this needs surgery, will it require "open heart" surgery to repair? Still not healed from first surgery. Had Echo, but no results yet.Thanks
OMG. I was just wondering how you were doing. If your decending thoracic aorta should eventually require repair, there may be an endovascular stent graft by that time. I read a while back, maybe a couple of years ago, that endovascular repair of the descending thoracic aorta was being investigated. At that time, it was not being offered on a general basis. Maybe it will be available in the forseeable future, or maybe you will never have to do anything.
If you do have to do anything, Dr. Coselli will be on the cutting edge of what is available. I completely understand not wanting to go through OHS again. I had to have my aortic valve replacement redone after a failed procedure the first time. (The failed procedure was not with Dr. Cosell. He is the one who saved my life by fixing it.) For my second AVR, I chose a mech valve, so as to try not to have a third op. My hope for you is that you either will never have to have another procedure or that the endovascular stent graft will be available by then.
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