Making Big Advances in Aortic Arch Diseases
The world’s first deployment of non-incisional customized stent graft surgery
for patients with aortic arch aneurysm
The medical providers of Soon Chun Hyang University Hospital Bucheon successfully conducted customized stent graft surgery for the first time in the world on a patient with aortic arch aneurysm who had difficulties undergoing conventional surgical procedure.
Ms. Kim, at the age of 81, found out that she had an aortic arch aneurysm sized 7.3 cm before the surgery for spinal fracture. Since she was at an advanced age and was in poor physical condition after undergoing surgery for stomach cancer a year ago, she might have been put in mortal danger if she received surgery for aortic arch aneurysm.
Moreover, it was not easy to treat this condition with conventional stent graft surgery as the aortic arch aneurysm was located in the aortic arch area (the embowed aorta).
A team led by Professor Heo Gyun and Im Jae-woong of Soon Chun Hyang University Hospital Bucheon devised a plan to treat her aortic arch aneurysm with intravascular surgery without incising the chest and successfully carried out this plan.
Professor Heo Gyun explained that “we designed a type of stent surgery that does not need additional artificial blood vessel transplant operations as the stent is identical to the shape of patient’s aorta, separately produced the customized stent and performed the surgery with it.”
This is the world’s first successful case of such treatment. Non-incisional stent graft surgery to treat aortic arch aneurysm in the aortic arch is in its infancy, and it is difficult to use the stent in Korea, which is being used overseas, since it requires the operating surgeon to be highly skilled and experienced.
Under these circumstances, it was thanks to the accumulated experience and research results obtained by the team led by Professor Heo Gyun and Im Jae-woong while treating the patients with aortic arch aneurysm that enabled self-produced customized stents to be designed and for the surgery to be completed successfully.
Professor Heo Gyun said, “We will make every effort to conduct further research and treat patients in order to provide the best treatment for patients with aortic arch aneurysm so that procedures can be carried out more easily and in a safer manner.”
This success story of the treatment of aortic arch aneurysm was published in the world-renowned international scientific journal Journal of Vascular Surgery.
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