At the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, we believe that multidisciplinary approaches to treatment play a vital role in achieving superior outcomes. The Aortic Clinic combines patient-focused clinical care, advanced imaging, and surgical excellence to provide a centralized location where complex aortic diseases can be assessed and treated.
We provide patients with a focused, well-organized evaluation experience, plus clear communication about the severity of their condition and the recommended course of treatment.
Prior to consultation, all the patient's prior diagnostic studies will be requested and reviewed. If needed, additional diagnostic imaging will be performed. At the end of the evaluation, all appropriate therapeutic options will be presented to the patient and/or to his or her referring physician. The patient may also meet with a cardiovascular surgeon to further discuss the options for aortic treatment and/or intervention.
Depending on the severity of the disease and the needs of the patient, treatment may include one or more of the following options:
Medical management is an essential part of treating aortic disease and may be beneficial for its prevention as well. It involves strict adherence to a blood pressure management plan with close monitoring of the aortic disease process.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Depending on the severity of the aortic disease, patients and physicians may choose to treat aneurysms with minimally invasive surgery (as opposed to an open surgical procedure). The Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center’s cardiovascular surgeons are expertly trained in these procedures, which include endovascular stent grafting, endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) in the abdomen, and thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair (TEVAR) in the chest area.
Innovative Aortic Therapies
The Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center has advanced technology in our operating rooms and hybrid suites to support innovative aortic therapies. Current innovative therapies for the aorta include percutaneous aortic valve repair and branched endovascular stent grafting.
For more information about the Aortic Clinic, please contact us at 713-DEBAKEY (332-2539).