Minimally Invasive Video-Assisted Graft Replacement of a Descending Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm

  • Y. Joseph Woo
  • Henry Childers


Standard surgical therapy of descending thoracic aortic aneurysms entails obligate extensive operative exposure that is associated with significant postoperative pain and morbidity. A 70-year-old patient with multiple significant comorbidities including severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (force expiratory volume at 1 second, 0.66 L) presented with a highly symptomatic, eccentric, descending thoracic aortic aneurysm. The patient underwent successful minimally invasive video-assisted graft repair of this aneurysm. This report represents the first known clinical application of this operative approach.


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How to Cite
Woo, Y. J., & Childers, H. (2005). Minimally Invasive Video-Assisted Graft Replacement of a Descending Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm. The Heart Surgery Forum, 6(3), E59-E61.