For over 100 years, world-renowned clinicians and scientists at the University of Chicago Medicine have been pioneering first-line treatments and advanced diagnoses, providing unparalleled care for all types of aortic conditions.
As one of the most established aortic programs in the region, the UChicago Medicine Center for Aortic Disease's comprehensive team of cardiac and vascular surgeons, cardiovascular anesthesiologists, cardiologists, vascular radiologists, nurse practitioners and social workers work together to design a treatment plan that complements each individual patient's needs and lifestyle.
About the Aorta
The aorta is the largest artery in the body and it supplies blood from the heart to the rest of the body. Oxygen-rich blood enters the aorta with each contraction of the left ventricle and travels throughout the body through the smaller arteries branching from it.
Aortic Conditions We Treat
We offer state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging and leading-edge treatment to deliver advanced, compassionate care. We are experienced in treating patients who are otherwise considered at increased risk due to co-existing conditions and other factors, and for those requiring complex aortic re-interventions. We use the latest minimally invasive techniques to manage the following aortic conditions:
UChicago Medicine offers a full range of procedures to treat abdominal aortic aneurysms. In many cases, our surgeons can offer minimally invasive (endovascular) procedures that provide several benefits over traditional, open surgery, including a shorter hospital stay, less pain, a quicker recovery and minimal scarring.
Learn more about your abdominal aortic aneurysm options.
Experts at UChicago Medicine have the experience and skill to identify and manage thoracic aneurysms. We understand the early warning signs and will recommend the ideal treatment plan for each patient that takes their condition, lifestyle and needs into account.
Read more about thoracic aneurysm treatment.
Heart and vascular experts provide excellent care for the following conditions:
- Aortic root disease
- Native aortic and prosthetic graft infections
- Thoracic/aortoiliac occlusive and thrombo-embolic disease
- Congenital aortic disease
- Aortic, mesenteric and renal aneurysmal and occlusive disease
- Vascular disease
Treating Aortic Disease
Our expert team understands each patient is an individual and we know each patient’s condition is unique and deserves personalized treatment. That’s why we offer our patients a wide range of treatment options, in order to find the ideal care plan to help manage their vascular condition. Some treatments include:
- Medical management (lifestyle changes, medications, surveillance)
- Open or endovascular repair
- Valve-sparing root replacement
- Biological composite aortic graft
- Homograft root replacement
- Ross procedure