Vascular Stent: Aortic Repair
The aorta is the largest artery in the body, distributing oxygenated blood throughout the body. Damage to the aorta is immediately life threatening and must be treated with surgery. Aortic injury can be caused over time by high blood pressure or suddenly due to trauma, such as a car crash, motorcycle accident or a fall. But no matter how the injury is caused, repairing the damage quickly is essential.
Normally, the aortic repair process is extensive and requires open-chest surgery. Today, UC Davis Health System is leading the way in finding less invasive ways to treat this condition. In fact, UC Davis is one of only a few hospitals in the country developing a minimally invasive surgical technique using endovascular stents to correct injuries to the aorta.
While traditional open-chest surgery is still appropriate in some cases, many aortic tears can be treated using flexible stents guided and placed by a catheter through a small incision in the groin. The stent is placed at the site of the injury and grafted to the aorta to restore normal blood flow. These stents are also being used to treat other aortic diseases, such as aneurysms.
UC Davis research shows using endovascular stents to repair aortic injuries leads to a faster recovery and improved results. Our patients are a walking testament to the power of those results.
Find out more about state-of-the-art vascular care at UC Davis Health System.