When an aortic aneurysm bursts, patients may have minutes to live.
But even if the aortic aneurysm—a weakening or bulge in the walls of the aorta, the body’s largest artery—hasn’t torn, effective, multidisciplinary emergency care is still important in order to avoid a potentially fatal event.
The new University of Minnesota Health Aortic Center offers exactly that—plus unparalleled technology. The center, which launched earlier this year, brings together the skill sets of vascular surgeons, cardiothoracic surgeons and interventional radiologists and cardiologists, who are all dedicated to aortic disease care.
“It should be a resource to the community at large to perform better surveillance and management of patients with aortic disease,” University of Minnesota Health Interventional Radiologist Michael Rosenberg, MD, said.
“I think we’re really looking at pushing the envelope to make sure that patients have complete comprehensive care. We’re talking about early detection, immediate therapy and surveillance,” said Vascular Surgeon Rumi Faizer, MD, one of the physicians helping to treat patients through the center.
The Aortic Center physicians and surgeons perform complex aortic repairs and other procedures in the state-of-the-art hybrid operating room at University of Minnesota Medical Center. The room, developed in partnership with Philips Healthcare, is a unique combination; part endoscopy suite and part operating room, it includes X-ray technology, operating room technology and ultrasound. The room is also tailored for robotics-assisted surgical procedures.
“To be part of this cutting edge technology, and with the practitioners that I work with here on a day-to-day basis, it’s really an amazing and exhilarating experience,” said Cardiothoracic Surgeon Gabe Loor, MD.