For Health Professionals: Complex Aortic Surgery Program

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aortic aneurysmAortic diseases are not all the same. These diseases can present as aneurysms, atherosclerotic disease or inflammatory diseases.
While common aortic aneurysms can be treated and repaired by a skilled general surgeon, the more complex aortic diseases require something significantly more - the talents of an expert surgical team trained to handle this often silent, dangerous condition.
Our Heart and Vascular Care program is pleased to provide this skill and expertise.
The Complex Aortic Surgery Program is designed to treat complex aortic aneurysm involving the thoracic and the abdominal aorta, as well as the visceral vessels that feed blood to the intestines and kidneys. Recognized as the premier medical center in the Midwest for the diagnosis, care and treatment of complex aortic disease, UW Health has cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons who perform more than 125 complex aortic surgeries each year.
Expert Care, Expert Results
With years of expertise have come solid, impressive results. Over the past two decades, UW Health surgeons have used advances in medical technology to reduce the paralysis and mortality rate often associated with complex aortic surgery by 80 percent.
Who is at Risk?
Patients with aortic aneurysm disease often feel fear associated with their condition, particularly because the disease is silent - symptoms such as back, groin, abdominal and testicular pain are often indistinct. In fact, surgeons estimate that 20 percent of aortic aneurysms rupture before being discovered. Patients with thoracic aortic disease often have other forms of carotid coronary and vascular disease as well.
Patients at risk to develop an aortic aneurysm include:
  • Smokers
  • People with hypertension
  • Patients with a strong family history of aneurysm
  • Patients older than 50