A combined endovascular and debranching hybrid procedure was performed for descending aortic pathologies involving the distal aortic arch. We reviewed our results of this procedure to summarize clinical experiences.Methods
From April 2009 to April 2013, 36 patients (21 males and 15 females) underwent the hybrid operation. Hospital stay and complications were closely monitored after operation. Follow-up CT scan was performed at postoperative 3 months and 12 months.Results
The hospital stay ranged from 7 to 25 (15.1 ± 5.0) days. The mean age at operation was 67.6 ± 4.8 years (range: 60–79 years). In-hospital mortality and stroke rates were 2.8% (1/36) and 2.8% (1/36). At a mean follow-up of 22 months (4–52 months), the mortality was 0% (0/35). All remaining 35 patients returned to normal life. During the follow-up period, one patient required secondary endovascular reintervention for a type 1 distal endovascular leak.Conclusion
Hybrid repair for descending aortic pathologies involving the distal arch proves to be effective and safe at midterm follow-up with acceptable surgical risks and satisfactory results.