Full article available online and in the February 2021 print edition of Operative Techniques in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery: A Comparative Atlas: A Comparative Atlas provides technique-based articles in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery by renowned surgeons in the field, presented in atlas format.
Written by fourth year integrated vascular surgery resident, Akiko Tanaka, MD, PhD, and chair and professor of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, Anthony Estrera, MD.
“Acute DeBakey type I aortic dissection remains one of the most lethal cardiovascular emergencies. Surgical mortality after acute aortic dissection repair are 17-18%—and the extent of repair has been controversial. Herein, we describe our current “tear-oriented” approach to treat DeBakey type I aortic dissection. We believe the surgical techniques selected should be based on each surgeon’s experience, focusing on minimizing the complexity of the procedure and reducing surgical morbidity and mortality rather than preventing future operations.”