NEW ORLEANS -- On April 9, 2014, vascular surgeons Taylor Smith and Charles Sternbergh successfully performed a complex minimally invasive endovascular aortic aneurysm repair – the first in the metropolitan New Orleans area.Because this patient’s aortic aneurysm extended to the kidney arteries, it was not possible to treat with a standard endovascular stent. Traditionally, these patients must undergo a high risk operation, or be denied treatment altogether.

A custom-made stent-graft with small holes (“fenestrations”) to accommodate the renal arteries was designed specifically for the patient. Under anesthesia, and with X-ray guidance, the device was placed using only a small needle stick in each groin. Ochsner Medical Center is the only hospital in the region to have access to the Cook Zenith Fenestrated endograft which significantly expands the ability to provide minimally invasive endovascular aortic repair to the community.

Ochsner’s section of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery provides cutting-edge treatment for patients with aortic and peripheral vascular disorders. Our physicians are nationally recognized for their development and use of new technologies and Ochsner was recently named #2 in the state of Louisiana for vascular surgery by CareChex ®, a division of COMPARION.

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Ochsner Health System is southeast Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system. Driven by a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate, coordinated clinical and hospital patient care is provided across the region by 10 hospitals, both owned and managed, and more than 40 health centers in Louisiana. Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across eight specialty categories. Ochsner employs more than 14,000 employees, over 900 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts over 300 clinical research trials annually. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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