Considerable progress has been made in the refinement of operative strategies to repair descending thoracic aortic aneurysms (TAA). While no single strategy has totally eliminated the postoperative morbidities of renovisceral and spinal cord ischemic complications, contemporary reports from centers of excellence detail admirable rates of overall risk in the 5-10% range. Balancing these risks represents a clinical dilemma for the aortic surgeon and a thoughtful, logical risk analysis of the individual patient presentation is clearly warranted before TAA repair. In this article, we review surgical approaches to TAA and adjunctive methods, examine the reports from centers of excellence, and elucidate the challenges yet to be overcome in the management of patients with aneurysms of the descending thoracic aorta.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine