Aortic Center

Treatments and Services

At the Emory Healthcare Aortic Center, our surgeons perform the latest endovascular and minimally invasive procedures. We are also a top referral center for traditional surgery. Our doctors achieve outstanding results in treating aortic aneurysms and dissections with open surgical repair.

Treatments offered include:

Surgical Treatment of Aortic Aneurysm

The size and location of the aneurysm will determine the options for surgical repair. Options may include open surgery or a minimally invasive procedure to repair or replace the damaged part of the aorta.

Surgical Treatment of Aortic Dissection

Treatment for aortic dissection is usually an emergency surgery. The procedure involves replacing the damaged portion of the aorta with a synthetic tube graft (polyester tube). If the base of the aorta (aortic root) and the aortic valve are involved, these areas may also need repair or replacement.

Thoracic Stent Grafts for Type B Dissections

In some dissections involving the descending aorta, endovascular stent grafting may be recommended. This is a minimally invasive procedure that helps reinforce the walls of the aorta using a small fabric and metal tube

Branched and Fenestrated Endografts

Fenestrated and branched endografts are stents (small fabric and metal tubes) that have reinforced openings (fenestrations) or branches that allow the surgeon to attach arteries that lead to other organs. They are used when an aneurysm happens in a part of the aorta that branches off to other arteries.

Juxtarenal and Pararenal Grafts

Similar to branched and fenestrated endografts, these are special stents used to repair an aneurysm that happens in the area where the aorta connects to the arteries that carry blood to the kidneys.