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Repair of aneurysms that involve the thoracoabdominal aorta requires a complex and extensive surgical procedure. A potential complication of the surgery is shortness of blood supply to the spinal cord, because the arteries that feed the spinal cord arise from this segment of the aorta.
Physicians at the Thoracic Aortic Center have developed a method to protect the spinal cord during surgery, which has significantly decreased how often such complications occur. A dedicated vascular anesthesia doctor assists with this procedure and plays an integral role in the team.
Thoracic Aortic Center
Patient referrals can be made to the Thoracic Aortic Center at 617-724-4747 or directly to any of the participating physicians. Coverage is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week to receive emergency referrals from any regional physician or emergency department if an acute syndrome related to the thoracic aorta is suspected. A phone call to the Thoracic Aortic Center will set in motion the assembly of a team for emergency evaluation and management of the patient.
Outpatient referrals of patients with thoracic aortic aneurysms will result in multidisciplinary evaluation by appropriate physicians from cardiology, vascular radiology, cardiac and vascular surgery. Patients can be seen by multiple physicians on the same day, and the appointments are made with a single phone call to the Thoracic Aortic Center number.
Evaluation will result in a recommendation for either intervention or follow-up. Follow-up for the aortic problem will be arranged at the Center. General cardiac and pulmonary evaluation may also be done.
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