Minimally Invasive Aortic Surgery

Thoracic Endovascular Aneurysm Repair (TEVAR)

Thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) is a minimally invasive procedure used to repair a thoracic aortic aneurysm or dissection. The thoracic aorta is located in the chest.

To learn more, visit Thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) page.

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a minimally invasive procedure used to replace the aortic valve in people with severe aortic stenosis. In the past, valve replacement required open heart surgery. With TAVR, our doctors use a catheter (thin tube) to fit a new valve inside the diseased valve.

Endovascular Aortic Repair (EVAR) & Fenestrated EVAR (FEVAR)

 Endovascular aortic repair (EVAR) is a minimally invasive procedure used to repair aortic aneurysms and dissections that occur in the abdominal aorta. Fenestrated EVAR (FEVAR) is an option for people with abdominal aortic aneurysms who don’t qualify for EVAR (about 10% of patients) because the aneurysm is too close to the arteries that branch off to the kidneys for the traditional EVAR to work.
To learn more, visit EVAR and FEVAR page.

Treatment of Endoleaks

An endoleak is a persistent leak of blood that occurs at the site of the stent or graft used in aneurysm repair.
Learn more, visit Endoleaks Treatment Page.

Branched Endovascular Repair of the Aorta 

Branched endovascular aneurysm repair is an emerging technology that builds on and customizes existing endograft technology. Fenestrations or openings are made in the endograft, which allows surgeons to stent the arteries to keep open the main branches in the aorta.
For high-risk patients with arch aneurysms, we offer a less invasive debranching option that bypasses arch vessels and eliminates the need for hypothermic circulatory arrest. Similarly, patients with thoracoabdominal aneurysms (aneurysms that coexist in both the chest and the abdomen) may also be candidates for the debranching option, which eliminates the need for a large thoracoabdominal incision.
We are also one of a few centers that offers descending thoracic aortic repair and maintain very favorable outcomes despite the complexity of the procedure.

Laser-Assisted Treatment in Dissection 

Laser-assisted aortic dissection septotomy is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat aortic dissections. An aortic dissection is a condition in which the inner lining of the aorta (the largest blood vessel in the body) tears and blood flows between the layers of the aortic wall, causing it to separate.
In this procedure, a laser fiber is inserted through a small incision your groin and guided through a catheter to the heart . The laser energy is used to create a small opening to allow blood to flow more easily and reduce pressure on the inner layers of the aortic wall to prevent further tearing. This unique technique is particularly important in cases where the dissection is in close proximity to important branch vessels such as head, visceral, and renal arteries.
The procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia and using imaging guidance, such as X-ray or CT scan.

Make an Appointment

To schedule an evaluation with a Frankel Cardiovascular Center physician, call 888-287-1082. Or visit the Make a Cardiovascular Appointment page to learn what to expect when you call us.

Physicians: To refer a patient, call M-Line at 800-962-3555.