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Aortic Aneurysm

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In UW Health's Complex Aortic Surgery Program, our heart surgeons have substantial expertise in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of aortic aneurysms.


Minimally-Invasive Surgery for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm



About the Aorta

  • The aorta is the largest and most important blood vessel in the body. It supplies oxygen-rich blood from the heart to every other organ system.
  • An aortic aneurysm is an abnormal bulge in the wall of the aorta. An aneurysm can develop in the part of the aorta that runs through the chest or the abdomen.
  • Aortic aneurysms are serious disorders. If an aneurysm bursts or tears, it can cause life-threatening internal bleeding. For this reason, timely surgical repair of an aortic aneurysm is critical.

About Aortic Aneurysms

Treatment Options


In UW Health's Complex Aortic Surgery Program, treatment for complex aortic disease must be tailored to the individual patient. In our program, patients benefit from access to a wide variety of expert cardiac and vascular surgeons, cardiologists and anesthesiologists, as well as imaging radiologists and ICU intensivists.

UW Health patients also have access to the very latest in treatment and repair options, as well as the expertise to apply the appropriate technology to the appropriate patient.

If you have aortic disease but don't yet require surgery, or if you are at risk for aortic disease, our program offers preoperative monitoring for at-risk patients.

For those requiring surgical treatment, options will depend on your anatomy and the location and seriousness of your aortic disease.

It is also possible for surgeons to treat different parts of the aorta with different techniques or hybrid procedures. For example, you may undergo open repair on one section of the aorta, and minimally invasive repair on another section. These procedures would be performed at different times, the more urgent repair usually happening first.