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Ochsner Aortic Center

The Ochsner Aortic Center will save lives and improve outcomes for patients with aortic diseases. Outfitted with cutting-edge Cydar technology that allows medical staff to make faster, easier, and safer decisions, this dedicated, comprehensive aortic center is now the only of its kind in the Gulf South.

The Ochsner Aortic Center provides a level of comprehensive care unmatched in the region. Instead of traveling out of state, patients can experience healthcare with peace of mind closer to their home. We provide care to our patients throughout their patient journey. We offer a multi-disciplinary follow-up clinic where patients can be seen by cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and vascular surgeons.

The Ochsner Aortic Center is strengthened by its subscription to Cydar Medical. The Cydar technology allows clinicians to create detailed patient-specific 3D maps to plan out procedures, navigate surgeries with clear imaging and provide a post-operative review. The software reduces radiation exposure to the patient and the clinical team, reduces procedure time and improves outcomes.

The global death rate for aortic diseases, which include thoracic aortic aneurysm, abdominal aortic aneurysm and acute aortic syndromes, have steadily increased over the past two decades. The aorta is the largest and most important artery in the body. It carries blood away from your heart and to the rest of the body.

Our specialists are nationally recognized for their expertise in minimally invasive aortic aneurysm repair. More than 80% of patients treated at Ochsner with aortic aneurysm disease receive minimally invasive endovascular surgery. We were among the first nationally to develop, study and establish the use of endovascular aortic repair through clinical trials. Currently, this technique now comprises over 85% of all abdominal aortic aneurysm repairs in the nation.

In addition, the multi-disciplinary transcatheter aortic valve replacement team at Ochsner is one of the busiest in the nation, and many trials of aortic endograft devices have been performed at Ochsner, giving our patients access to cutting-edge technology that is not available in most other hospitals. Through clinical trials and research, we have created protocols that deliver efficient care and improved outcomes for our patients.

  • Ochsner Medical Center placed the first Aortic Endograft (“stent-graft”) in the Gulf South in 1995 and since has treated over 600 patients with this lifesaving minimally invasive treatment.
  • Ochsner Medical Center is the only facility in the region to have a complete in-hospital stock of endovascular devices to treat both thoracic and abdominal aortic emergencies.
  • Ochsner Medical Center is the only facility in the region to have fixed-imaging capabilities in the operating room.
  • The Ochsner Aortic Center is one of fewer than ten health centers nationwide, and the only one in the Gulf South region, to offer Cydar technology.

Our team of cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and vascular surgeons collaborate with cardiovascular radiologists, intensivists, cardiovascular anesthesiologists, medical geneticists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, fellows, residents, medical students and highly skilled nurses and technologists. Our team meets regularly for aortic center conferences. These conferences are centered on case discussions, where the team discusses surgical procedures and previous cases to provide the best overall care to our patients.

Meet Our Team

The Ochsner Aortic Center team offers more cutting-edge procedures than ever before.

From the aortic valve to the arch

  • Aortic valve replacement - Non-surgical
  • Aortic root replacement (Bentall procedure)
  • Valve sparing aortic root replacement (David procedure)
  • Repair of ascending aortic aneurysm
  • Repair of aortic arch aneurysm

From the aortic arch - iliac bifurcation

  • Thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair (TEVAR)
  • TEVAR for complicated aortic dissection and traumatic transection
  • Endo-debranching of great vessels to facilitate TEVAR in complicated arch aneurysms
  • Cervical debranching to facilitate TEVAR
  • Open Repair, Thoraco abdominal aortic aneurysms (TAAA)
  • Endovascular abdominal aneurysm repair (EVAR)
  • Fenestrated EVAR for juxtarenal abdominal aortic aneurysms
  • Open repair, complicated abdominal aortic aneurysms

Referring physicians, for 24/7 transfers and referrals, call the Regional Referral Center at 855-647-5465.

Frequently Asked Questions

An abdominal aortic aneurysm is the enlargement of the aorta, which is the main blood vessel that flows from the heart to the stomach.

Abdominal aortic aneurysms usually grow slowly, and the symptoms are hard to be detected. If a patient has an enlarged abdominal aortic aneurysm, the symptoms include:

  • Back pain
  • Deep, consistent pain in the abdomen
  • Pulsation near the belly button

Thoracic aortic aneurysm is the weakening of the aorta that flows throughout the body.

A thoracic aortic aneurysm is similar to the abdominal aortic aneurysms where symptoms are hard to be detected in patients. However, when a thoracic aortic aneurysm grows, patients will experience:

  • Chest pain
  • Coughing and dry throat
  • Back pain
  • Shortness of breath

An aortic dissection is a result of a thoracic aortic aneurysm, which is a tear in the aorta’s wall, and it can lead to death.

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Ochsner Aortic Center Locations

Ochsner Medical Center – New Orleans
1514 Jefferson Highway
New Orleans, LA 70121
  • Open 24/7