Hybrid aortic reconstructions
Surgical procedures that combine open surgical repair of the aorta with simultaneous endoluminal stent grafting or other catheter-based or robotically-assisted heart procedures are called "hybrid" procedures. These hybrid procedures are often appropriate for patients with complex or serious aortic disease or patients who are not healthy enough for standard open surgery. In some hybrid procedures, for example, the patient will have surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm near the arch while the surgeon also inserts an endovascular stent to strengthen the descending aorta. The potential advantage for the patient of such a combined procedure is a less invasive treatment, a safer surgery with fewer complications, a shorter overall procedure time, faster recovery, and avoidance of a need for two separate procedures.