Coarctation of the Aorta
- Cold legs or feet
- Exercise intolerance
- Chest pain
Some adults with this disorder may have had the defect repaired as a newborn, but because the coarctation has returned, another repair is required.
The operation to repair coarctation of the aorta is performed under general anesthesia, which means you will be asleep during surgery.
First, the surgeon makes an incision in the left side of the chest. The surgeon then redirects blood from the heart to a bypass machine. The bypass machine does the job of the heart and lungs during the operation.
The surgeon then spreads the ribs and moves the lung to the side, so the coarctation can be seen. The surgeon then removes the narrowed area of the aorta, and replaces the removed area with a Dacron™ graft.
The surgeon then closes the incision and applies bandages to the incision site.