Treatment for TAAA

Medical monitoring and surgery options are available for treatment. Depending on severity, age, genetic mutations, family history and other conditions, the physician or surgeon may suggest regular imaging and doctor’s appointments to monitor size, growth, and development of the aneurysm. If surgery is needed, there are two surgical options; open surgical repair and endovascular surgery.

Open surgical repair utilizes a synthetic tube (graft) to replace the aneurysmal aorta.

Endovascular surgery is performed less invasively through small incisions in the arteries in the groin area. A catheter is threaded through the artery up to the aneurysmal aorta where the stent expands to fit in the normal aortic wall above and below the aneurysm. You can discuss with your doctor which treatment option is best for you

TAAA repair is an extensive surgery done to fix aneurysms (ballooning) of the aorta that extend from the chest into the abdomen.  A catheter, inserted at the start of the procedure to drain spinal fluid, relieves pressure created during surgery and reduces the risk of post-surgical paralysis. Surgical methods used by the Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute-TMC team since 1992 have dramatically reduced the incidence of paralysis from 15 percent to less than 3 percent.