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Antwerp Hospital Network - ZNA

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Aneurysm of the Thoracic Aorta


Operations on the ascending aorta for aneurysm or acute dissection are performed replacing the ascending aorta with a Dacron prosthesis. If the arch has to be replaced, a deep hypothermia is used, permitting a circulatory arrest for the whole body, nearly always sustained cerebral circulation is performed.

The descending aortic aneurysm or dissections are mostly treated with endovascular stented prosthesis.