The MUSC Advanced Aortic Surgery Program

Aortic Replacement

Aortic Arch Replacement

Aortic arch surgery is performed to prevent rupture of an aneurysm of the aorta in the aortic arch, which is the curved portion of the aorta connected to the ascending aorta. The major arteries that originate from the aortic arch supply blood to the arms, neck and head. 

During this procedure, the surgeon removes a section of the aorta and replaces it with an artificial tube (graft).

Aortic Root Replacement

Aortic root surgery is performed to prevent rupture of an aneurysm of the aorta near the junction of your heart (the aortic root), and stop it from stretching the attached aortic valve.

In aortic root replacement, the surgeon removes a section of your aorta and your aortic valve and replaces it with an artificial tube (graft), and replaces the aortic valve with a mechanical or biological valve.

Valve-sparing aortic root repair is an option for some patients, and involves replacing the diseased section of your aorta with an artificial tube (graft). The patient's aortic valve remains in place, and is sutured to the inside of the graft.

Ascending Aortic Replacement

Ascending aortic surgery is performed to prevent rupture of an aneurysm of the aorta in the ascending aorta, which starts from the left ventricle of the heart and extends to the aortic arch. The right and left coronary arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle arise from the ascending aorta.

The surgeon removes a section of your aorta and replaces it with an artificial tube (graft).

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