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Patient's life saved by revolutionary new procedure performed at Christ Hospital

George Brayton may not be alive today if not for a revolutionary new procedure performed by physicians at The Christ Hospital Health Network.

Brayton is one of the first patients worldwide to receive this minimally invasive alternative to major vascular surgery to repair a potentially fatal aortic aneurysm.

"Without this option I was a ticking time bomb, never knowing if my aneurysm would rupture," said Brayton, who is known as Freddy. "I was not eligible for a third open heart surgery. So without this, I would have no options."

Doctors had already told Brayton he'd never live through a third open heart procedure, and this brand new option was his only hope.

"The procedure performed by Dr. Answini is so important because, for the first time in the world, he and our team completely reconstructed the patient's entire thoraco-abdominal aorta without doing open surgery," said Dr. Dean Kereiakes, MD, Medical Director of The Christ Hospital Heart and Vascular Center.

Aortic Surgery - Bookshelf


Anesthesia and Perioperative Care for Aortic Surgery
448 pages
Anesthesia and Perioperative Care for Aortic Surgery

This book is the first of its kind - a comprehensive reference for anesthesia and perioperative clinicians involved in aortic surgery.

Aortic Surgery
352 pages
Aortic Surgery

Ballard (Loma Linda U. Medical Center) and a group of experienced aortic surgeons present a concise handbook on the modern surgical treatment of aortic disease.

Atlas of Aortic Surgery
176 pages
Atlas of Aortic Surgery


Catheter Based Valve and Aortic Surgery
351 pages
Catheter Based Valve and Aortic Surgery

This text provides a comprehensive, state-of-the-art review of catheter based approaches to valve and aortic diseases.

Cardio-aortic and Aortic Surgery
275 pages
Cardio-aortic and Aortic Surgery

This unique book provides valuable information especially for aortic, cardiovascular, and thoracic surgeons.

Aortic Surgery - News


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Patient died after serious damage done to her heart during surgery
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