The surgeons at UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute are at the forefront of advanced and life-saving surgical techniques for emergent aortic dissection repair.
Why choose UPMC in Central Pa. for emergent aortic dissection repair?
Aortic dissection is a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment. The surgeons at PHCVI use the latest life-saving techniques and technology to diagnose and treat aortic dissection, including:
- Diagnostic tests. Your doctor may order diagnostic tests to determine if you have an aortic dissection. Diagnostic tests may include a CT scan, MRI, or echocardiogram.
- Surgery. Depending on the location of the aortic dissection, you may require surgery to repair your aorta. If you require surgery, we use the latest techniques to provide you with the emergency treatment you need.
What is aortic dissection?
Aortic dissection occurs when a tear in the inner wall of the aorta causes blood to flow between the layers of the wall of the aorta, forcing the layers apart. This is often characterized by a feeling of tearing in the abdomen or chest. Patients may also experience other symptoms such as nausea, sweating, shortness of breath, and weakness. Some patients may lose consciousness.
What happens during an emergent aortic dissection repair?
During your emergent aortic dissection repair, your surgeon will remove the largest possible area of dissected aorta, block the entry of blood into your aortic wall, and replace your aorta with a synthetic graft.
What can I expect after emergent aortic dissection repair?
If you have surgery, you will be moved to recovery and then admitted to the hospital. The length of your hospital stay will vary depending on your specific situation.
How long does it take to recover after emergent aortic dissection repair?
Your doctor will let you know when you can return to work or resume other everyday activities. You should be sure to follow your doctor's instructions after your procedure and attend all follow-up appointments. Your doctor may prescribe medication to lower your blood pressure and schedule you for follow-up CT scans or MRIs to check on your condition.
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