WHEN TO REFER FOR SURGERY
Aortic dissection involving the ascending aorta (type A) is a life-threatening emergency that should usually be treated surgically. In type A dissections, mortality can be up to 80%, and can be reduced to 10-20% through surgical treatment.
Uncomplicated aortic dissection involving the descending thoracic aorta (type B) can often be treated with aggressive blood pressure control; however, endovascular stenting or surgery may be needed in some type B patients, especially those with complications (e.g. malperfusion; refractory pain, progression of dissection; aneurysmal expansion; uncontrolled hypertension).
Temple cardiovascular and vascular/endovascular surgeons have expertise in complex aortic surgery and endovascular stenting to repair any type of aortic aneurysm, dissection, or related valve problem. We offer:
- Valve-sparing operations
- Multi-step repairs of aortic arch aneurysms
- Aortic remodeling or reconstruction in severe cases
- Special strategies for patients with connective tissue disease
- Minimally invasive (endovascular) repair with stent graft
- Minimally invasive treatment of heart complications due to dissection
HOW TO REFER
To transfer a patient to the Temple Heart and Vascular Institute for urgent surgical consultation, call:
TEMPLE TRANSFER CENTER
The Temple Transfer Center is available for 24/7 immediate transfer assistance.
CRITICAL CARE TRANSPORT
1-866-4T3-TEAM (483-8326) or online at T3.templehealth.org
For immediate critical care transport transfer requests, the Temple Transport Team (T3) is the region’s premier 24-hour critical care ground and air medical transport service. Our physician-led team includes critical care nurses, paramedics, EMTs, pilots and Mission Support Coordinators.
One call will begin the expedited process of transporting your patient from any hospital or emergency department within a 150-mile radius of Temple University Hospital, while carefully maintaining critical care during transport.
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