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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.