Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair
The video depicts a thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR). It essentially is re-lining the thoracic aorta (the aorta in the chest) from the inside with a large graft (stent) that is between 2 and 4 cm in diameter and up to 25 centimeters long. The graft is placed through a small puncture in the femoral (groin) artery. By re-lining the aorta from the inside, patients with aneurysms or weakening of the aorta can be repaired without incisions.
What is thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR)?
Thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) is a procedure to treat an aneurysm in the upper part of your aorta. The aorta is your body’s largest artery. An aneurysm is a weak, bulging area in the aorta wall. If it bursts (ruptures), it can be deadly.
TEVAR is a minimally invasive surgery. That means it is done with a small cut (incision). With TEVAR, a device called a stent graft is used to reinforce the aneurysm. A stent graft is a metal tube covered in fabric. It helps prevent the aneurysm from bursting.
Why might I need a TEVAR?
The aorta is your body’s largest artery. It carries oxygen-rich blood from your heart to the rest of your body. It goes from your heart through your chest and into your belly (abdomen). It then divides into blood vessels that provide blood flow to your legs.
Sometimes a weak area of the aorta bulges out. This is called an aortic aneurysm. An aneurysm of the aorta is serious because it can burst. The risk of bursting grows as the aneurysm gets bigger. Treatment depends on the size of the aneurysm. Treatment also depends on how fast the aneurysm is growing.
TEVAR is also used to treat ulcers (erosions), dissections (tears), or transections (traumatic injury) within the thoracic aorta.
About UF Health Heart and Vascular Surgery at Halifax Health
Halifax Health has collaborated with University of Florida Health (UF Health) to bring advanced thoracic, cardiovascular and vascular surgical care to Volusia, Flagler and Brevard Counties. Board-certified and fellowship-trained cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons from UF Health lead the program and are located at the main campus of Halifax Health in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Halifax Health serves as the areas only Level II Trauma Center and through this partnership with UF Health we can now expand on the services available to our community.