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. 2019 Jan;67(1):118-126.
doi: 10.1007/s11748-018-0941-y. Epub 2018 May 18.

Redo Proximal Thoracic Aortic Surgery: Challenges and Controversies


Redo Proximal Thoracic Aortic Surgery: Challenges and Controversies

Athanasios Antoniou et al. Gen Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. .


Reoperations on the proximal thoracic aorta represent a challenge. The mortality rate is at least three times higher than it is for the initial surgery and the complications after such procedures occur with disappointingly high frequency, leading to substantial morbidity and delayed recovery. This article aims to present the early and the late outcomes of these kinds of operations, to identify the causes for failure of the primary surgery, to underline the critical points during the perioperative management of those patients and finally to emphasize on the rapid evolution and advent of techniques over the last few years.

Keywords: Aorta; Aortic surgery; Proximal; Reoperation.

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