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Hybrid Arch Repair

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"A Less Invasive Approach to Aortic Arch Replacement"

Nashville, Tennessee - The aorta is the main blood vessel of the body and is connected to the heart at the level of the aortic valve.  It's course runs the length of the body (torso) and gives off side branches which provide blood flow to all the organs in the body.


Like with other forms of heart disease, such as coronary artery disease, surgical procedures involving open heart surgery can be safely performed to fix and repair the aorta and prevent catastrophic complications such as aortic rupture, internal bleeding and death.

Aortic aneurysms and aortic dissections which involve the aortic arch (located at the base of the neck) can be difficult to treat because of involvement of the blood vessels delivering blood flow to the brain (great vessels).  Standard repair techniques involve open heart surgery and the temporary cessation of blood flow to the brain during the procedure (hypothermic circulatory arrest).


A new, less-invasive surgical procedure has been developed for treating the aortic arch which frequently avoids the need of a cardiopulmonary bypass machine (heart-lung machine).  Called "hybrid arch repair" - meaning a combination of open surgery and endovascular procedures - is a minimally-invasive technique for treating disease of the aortic arch including aortic arch aneurysms and dissections.

Dr. Grayson Wheatley is a Heart and Vascular Surgeon and Director of Aortic and Endovascular Surgery at TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, TN

Request a consultation with Dr. Wheatley: 1-615-342-6900

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New surgical procedures for the aortic arch capitalize on the less-invasive nature of endovascular technologies, such as a TEVAR procedure (Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair).  A hybrid arch technique involves using both traditional open heart surgery along with cutting-edge endovascular technologies.  The end result and benefit to patients is that frequently cardiopulmonary bypass and hypothermic circulatory arrest can be avoided.


Other benefits to patients of hybrid arch repair is that this technique decreases the operative risk for patients compared to standard open heart surgery and enables a quicker recovery for patients.


Only surgeons trained in both endovasular and open heart surgery techniques can perform this hybrid approach.  These procedures are performed in a specialized hybrid operating room.


Dr. Wheatley is one of the few heart surgeons in the country who has expertise in both open heart surgery and endovascular techniques.  He was also involved in helping develop this novel surgical procedure, along with Dr. Edward B. Diethrich, at the Arizona Heart Institute in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Minimally-Invasive Hybrid Arch Repair

Open Heart Surgery Combined with Endovascular Aortic Stent

The Aortic Center at Centennial Medical Center is pre-eminently qualified to treat complex aortic problems such as aortic arch aneurysms and is one of the few centers in the area which is skilled with minimally-invasive hybrid arch repair procedures.  We are prepared to offer a customized treatment plan for patients with aortic arch disease which may include the latest treatment options for aortic arch aneurysms and dissections whether it be open arch surgery or hybrid arch repair.

Contact us today and request your consultation at 1-615-342-6900 or email us at info@badaorta.com and we will evaluate your unique aortic problem and provide a customized treatment plan for your specific aortic problem which may  involve a minimally-invasive hybrid arch repair.

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Request a consultation with Dr. Wheatley: 1-615-342-6900

most insurance plans accepted

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