Abdominal aortic rupture is now the 13th leading cause of death in mature adults in the United States. Younger adults commonly succumb to aortic injuries. Even infants can die of aortic thrombosis, a condition seen with increasing frequency as a result of the widespread use of the umbilical artery catheter. Operative intervention remains the only effective treatment for these and many other diseases involving the aorta.
Meanwhile, ideas on when and how to do heretofore unusual aortic operations, such as thoracofemoral prostheses with or without visceral and renal grafts, have almost imperceptibly invaded the consciousness of today's vascular surgeon. Like the various forms of medial visceral rotation and other maneuvers that place the surgeon in front of the disease rather than behind or to the side of it, this book provides timely and optimal exposure to aortic disease, its pathogenesis, diagnosis, and therapy.
Cardiovascular surgeons will welcome it as a