Traditional open surgery

Traditional open aortic cases involve a major incision to open the chest, called a sternotomy. Today, surgeons within the Center for Aortic Disease are trained to perform traditional open cases when necessary, but always consider the less invasive endovascular grafting technique first for eligible patients. Complex cases, like ascending or arch aneurysms, are typically done with traditional open surgery. 

Open aortic cases take between five to 12 hours. Patients who undergo traditional open surgeries for aneurysm repair are typically discharged from the hospital about a week after surgery, pending no other complications. 

Learn more about what happens during surgery for aortic dissections.

To schedule an appointment at the Center for Aortic Disease, please call 410-328-4771.

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