Therapy for aortic aneurysm disease and aortic dissection has evolved over the last 15 years, and with that, so has the approach to patient care. At the Center for Aortic Surgery at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, we approach care in a collaborative manner. Patients are evaluated by both a vascular surgeon and a cardiac surgeon who, as a team, develop an evidence-based treatment plan tailored to the individual patient. This interdisciplinary discussion helps to foster an optimal treatment plan in an environment where the physicians seek solely to maximize their skill sets to produce the best possible patient outcome.

Treatment of aneurysmal disease and aortic dissection involves the entire aorta, including the ascending, arch and descending thoracic aorta, as well as the paravisceral and infrarenal abdominal aorta. The majority of these conditions can be treated with minimally invasive, or catheter-based, stent graft technology, often without making any surgical incisions. Patients recover within days.

WVU Heart and Vascular Institute experts use more conventional surgical techniques appropriately in patient situations where catheter-based techniques are not associated with optimal outcomes. A two-team surgical approach is often utilized to maximize patient outcome and reduce mortality.

The center is also a site for FDA-sponsored clinical device trials, bringing new technologies to the region that would otherwise not be available.