Center for Aortic Surgery

With a multidisciplinary approach to complex aortic diseases, patients can expect comprehensive and customized treatment plans without having to leave the state.

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The Center for Aortic Surgery offers treatment options for common and complex aortic diseases.

Aorta is the main artery that arises from the heart and supplies blood to the entire human body. Many of the problems involving the aorta can become life threatening and include aneurysms and tears. The location of these problems can range from the chest down to the pelvis and involves several important branches that need to be preserved during any potential repairs. Such repairs can be challenging and require a dedicated team with advanced technical expertise and experience.

The Center for Aortic Surgery at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute brings together a collaboration of such experts from Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Anesthesia, Critical Care, Radiology and Molecular Genetics to better evaluate and discuss treatment options for complex aortic diseases. Treatment options can include open surgical procedures, minimally invasive catheter-based procedures, or a combination of both. The procedure is customized to each patient based on their individual health and conditions some of which may be inherited.

The WVU Heart and Vascular Institute also has access to the most advanced imaging and diagnostic tools to formulate treatment plans and new devices that can be used to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Aortic Valve Repair with Dr. Lawrence Wei
  • 1st in West Virginia to implant Relay Pro Aortic Device
  • Only center in West Virginia and one of the few in the country to use Dynamic MR imaging of the Aorta to evaluate Complex Aortic Dissections
  • Ranked High Performing in Aortic Valve Surgery by U.S. News and World Report (2021-22)

Treatments and procedures

  • Bentall procedure
  • Hemiarch and Arch Replacement
  • Frozen Elephant Trunk technique
  • Arch Debranching
  • Abdominal Debranching
  • Fenestrated and branched Endovascular repair of Abdominal and Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysms
  • Open Repair of Abdominal and Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysms
  • Thoracic Endovascular Repair of Aortic Aneurysms(TEVAR)
  • Endovascular repair of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm(EVAR)
  • Endoleak Embolisation

Conditions we treat

  • Aortic Dissection- Type A and Type B, Acute, Subacute and Chronic
  • Aortic Aneurysms- Ascending Aortic, Arch, Descending Aortic, Thoracoabdominal and Abdominal
  • Infected Aortic Grafts and primary aortic infections
  • Slipped or migrated aortic stent grafts and endoleaks s/p Aortic stent graft
  • Aortic Atherothrombi
  • Penetrating Aortic Ulcers
  • Aortic Intramural Hematoma

Advanced imaging techniques

  • Cardiac(EKG gated) CTA
  • Dynamic MR imaging
  • Hybrid OR with Vessel Navigator
U.S. News & World Report: High Performing in Aortic Valve Surgery

Awarded by the U.S. News & World Report to hospitals that earned a high performing rating were significantly better than the national average.


Latest News

Our surgeons perform the first fully robotic aortic valve replacement in the northeastern United States.

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Clinical Research

The experts at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute conduct ongoing heart and vascular clinical trials and research studies.

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Academics & Fellowship Programs

Learn more about the WVU School of Medicine Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery.

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Our Aortic Surgery Faculty

Lawrence Wei, MD

Cardiac Surgery

Morgantown, WV

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For more information or to schedule an appointment,
call 855-WVU-CARE (855-988-2273) or schedule online.