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What is aortic surgery?

An aneurysm (enlargement of the aorta) places the patient at considerable risk of aortic dissection, i.e. a tear in the inner wall of the aorta. As a result, measures to support the aorta become crucial once the aneurysm has grown beyond a certain size.

Such measures may involve aortic repair, using either a stent to support the wall of the aorta or a prosthesis. Both types of interventions can be performed using open surgery techniques or catheter-based procedures.

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