UF thoracic and cardiovascular surgeons specialized in treating all types of aortic diseases, with an emphasis on thoracic (ascending, arch, descending), and thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms. Our multidisciplinary team provides rapid, cutting edge, quality medical and surgical care to all patients with known or suspected aortic disease who present to, or are referred to, UF Health. UF surgeons routinely care for more than 200 such cases per year and have performed more than 1,000 aortic operations in the past decade making it one of the top programs in the country in terms of volume, as well as one of the largest referral centers for thoracic aortic diseases in the southeast.
Special areas of expertise and research include acute and chronic dissections, aortic valve sparing procedures, transfemoral thoracic stent grafting, native aortic or prosthetic graft infections, brain and spinal cord protection during and following aortic operations, and patients with complex medical problems prior to surgery.
Endovascular Repair of Aneurysms and Dissections
In close collaboration with the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, UF has one of the largest programs in the country in the endovascular repair of thoracic aortic diseases, specializing in aneurysms and dissections. UF is a participating center in a number of clinical trials investigating new technologies.
These minimally invasive procedures are performed in a state-of-the-art endovascular suite. During an endovascular aneurysm repair, surgeons place a stent graft, which is a wire mesh tube covered in fabric, in a patient’s aorta using a specially designed catheter inserted through a small incision in the groin. The stent graft is then carefully deployed using x-ray guidance, allowing blood to flow through the device instead of pushing against the thinned walls of the aneurysm. If a large aneurysm is left untreated there is risk of rupture, which is often fatal. These minimally invasive procedures are performed for both abdominal and thoracic aneurysms. Depending on the location of the aneurysms, some patients may not be a candidate for this minimally invasive method, therefore an ‘open’ procedure will need to be performed.