Hybrid Technique for Total Arch Repair: Aortic Neck Reshaping for Endovascular-Graft Fixation

Carlo Antona, Paolo Vanelli, Marina Petullà, Guido Gelpi, Paolo Danna, Massimo Lemma, Luigi Inglese

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Purpose: Endovascular repairs of the aortic arch aneurysms require correct placement and an appropriate landing zone for fixation, which are not present in the majority of cases. Description: We report a less invasive approach in 4 patients presenting an aortic arch aneurysm. We performed a hybrid procedure that is a combination of different techniques: a mid-sternotomy is performed, followed by transposition of the supra-aortic vessels, and neck reshaping with a proximal banding of the aortic arch. In particular, we banded the aorta to facilitate and optimize the endovascular fixation of the graft, reducing postoperative type-1 endoleaks. Evaluation: The four procedures were uneventful with 1-day intensive care unit recovery. The postoperative and the 1-year follow-up CT scan did not reveal any endoleaks. Conclusions: Hybrid technique, combined with banding of proximal aortic arch and endovascular grafting are an alternative technique to the conventional open aortic repair. A polyester cloth banding of the ascending and proximal aortic arch allow the neck reshaping of the aorta optimizing the fixation of the endovascular stent graft.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1158-1161
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery


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