Published: May 1, 2008
Updated: Aug. 17, 2010
Surgical treatment of aneurysms of the ascending aorta and aortic arch frequently require the use of specialized perfusion techniques, including deep hypothermic circulatory arrest (DHCA), to ensure protection of the central nervous system while allowing complete repair of the anatomical defect.
To ensure maximal safety with the use of these techniques, our thoracic aortic surgery team includes certified cardiac perfusionists with long-term experience in these complex perfusion strategies.
The team also includes cardiac anesthesiologists with a sub-specialty interest in aortic surgery and the expertise required to care for these complicated patients.
Further, patients undergoing these procedures have online monitoring of their central nervous system with electroencephalography (EEG) by our neurophysiologic monitoring service during their operation to guide brain protection and ensure safety.