Treating aneurysms at OU Physicians
An OU Physicians surgeon has used a new technique to treat thoracic aortic aneurysm patients. The endovascular stent graft procedure is less invasive than other therapies.
In the procedure, used on patients for whom open-chest surgery would pose serious risks, the surgeon inserts a stent endoscopically from the leg or abdomen using X-rays as a guide. The stent reinforces the aortic walls and helps prevent rupture. The procedure is safer than thoracic surgery and allows patients to recuperate quicker.
“The stent graft is … deployed in the diseased segment of the aorta and ‘relines’ the aorta like a sleeve to divert blood flow away from the aneurysm,” according to the Cleveland Clinic Web site.
Blood passes through the graft without pushing on the aneurysm. Thoracic aortic aneurysms affect approximately 15,000 people in the United States annually.
Jeff Raymond, Medical Writer
Message Sent Successfully
Be Sure to Check Out Our Top Headlines
- 17441Oklahoma storms: Profile of Life: Megan and Case Futrell
- 13900OKC Central: Architectural "Worsts"
- 11725'Firehouse' in Oklahoma City's Deep Deuce is set to become new home
- 11253Norman man threatens Oklahoma Gov. Fallin's 'child' and local sheriff in emails
- 8882Was Special Treatment Given in Oklahoma Vice Mayor DUI Traffic Stop?
- 7879Police shoot, kill man holding child hostage in Midwest City
- 7323Live blog: "The Voice" Season 4 live finale
- 7059Brad Lund granted two-year lease to Taft Stadium for soccer team
- 7006Red meat might be delicious, but not as nutritious
- 6837Live blog: "The Voice" Season 4 live finale - performance episode
Back to share with a friend form.
Add More Recipients