Hospital da Luz Performs Complex Surgery to Thoracic Aorta

The Cardiovascular Centre of Hospital da Luz Lisboa performed, last October 17, the first surgery resorting to hybrid prosthesis ("frozen elephant trunk surgery"), in a patient with severe thoracic aorta pathology. Performed by the cardiothoracic surgeon Ricardo Arruda, it was the first operation of the kind made in a private hospital, in Portugal.

The patient, a 63-year-old man, presented pathology of aorta (the main artery of the human circulatory system) in two areas: aortic arch dilatation with inferior saccular aneurysm and descending thoracic aorta dilatation. The insertion of F-Vita Open Plus prosthesis allows to treat both pathologies in the same surgical moment.

“In the classical approach, we would have to do two separate operations (a sternotomy and a thoracotomy). With this prosthesis, we can treat in the same operation two aortic zones usually ‘incompatible’ in terms of simultaneous surgical approach”, explains Ricardo Arruda. 

The surgery – that lasted five hours – was done resorting to extracorporeal circulation, deep hypothermia and selective perfusion of supra-aortic trunks. The patient was released from hospital on the 9th day post-surgery and, after the recovery period, will be apt to have a normal life.