Aortic Aneurysm Repair

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Aortic Aneurysm Repair

Complex Surgery in Kids With Congenital Heart Defects

Physician examining infant who has had aortic aneurysm repair.

An aortic aneurysm is a bulging weak spot in the aorta, the main blood vessel carrying blood from the heart to the body. The blood in the aorta is under pressure and pushes out on the weak spot. This forms a bulge that can grow over time. Aortic aneurysms are a concern because blood clots can form inside them and they can block blood flow to the body.


Only a handful of pediatric cardiothoracic (heart) surgeons in the country perform operations on infants and children who develop aortic aneurysms (especially large ones) after having congenital heart defect surgery. Surgery to repair these problems is complex and highly specialized — it requires unique expertise. At the Nemours Cardiac Center, we have the skills and experience required for swift diagnosis and repair.

Conditions We Treat

Conditions We Treat

Sometimes babies are born with an aortic aneurysm. It also can happen in kids who had surgery for a congenital (present at birth) heart defect such as:

See all of the kids' heart conditions we treat at the Nemours Cardiac Center. Learn More »

Services We Offer

Services We Offer

At Nemours we’re experienced in complex operations to treat an aortic aneurysm by either:

  • opening the aorta and removing the stretched portion, then closing the aorta
  • removing a piece of the aorta with the aneurysm and replacing it with a graft (replacement tubing or blood vessel)

In addition to cardiac (heart) surgery, our services also include:

Why Choose Us

Why Choose Us

Surgery for an aortic aneurysm takes special skill and knowledge, especially when it comes to children with other heart conditions. At Nemours Cardiac Center we use the most advanced, up-to-date approaches. In fact, we’re national leaders in heart care and surgery for kids. Our specialty is detecting and fixing heart problems early to give children the best possible chance for a healthy future.

Regional Highlights of Aortic Aneurysm Repair
in Children With Congenital Heart Disease

Services, programs and care teams differ at each location. Call for details.

We offer aortic aneurysm surgery for children of all ages with congenital heart disease at the Nemours Cardiac Center at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (Wilmington, Del.). We also provide diagnosis and follow-up care at select Nemours duPont Pediatrics satellite locations.

  • excellence in heart surgery for children, especially those with single-ventricle defects (when a baby is born with a heart that has one working ventricle instead of two)
  • expertise in fetal (unborn baby) cardiac problems — working with expectant parents to diagnose congenital heart disease in the womb, helping them prepare and then providing the necessary care as soon as their baby’s born
  • cardiac diagnostic testing and kid-friendly imaging — state-of-the-art, noninvasive and minimally invasive tests for kids of all ages, including fetal echocardiography (echo) — an in-depth cardiac ultrasound that allows us to view the structure, function and rhythm of a baby’s heart as early as the 18th week of pregnancy
  • physicians named Best Doctors in America® , year after year
  • cardiovascular genetics counseling with a certified genetic counselor — for heart conditions that are caused, at least in part, by changes in genes
  • excellent outcomes that place us among the top pediatric heart centers in the country
  • state-of-the-art surgical suite (used only for children with heart problems)
  • high patient and family satisfaction (in yearly surveys, 100 percent of our patients said they would recommend the Nemours Cardiac Center)
  • Ronald McDonald House of Delaware , a safe, affordable home away from home conveniently located across the street from the hospital for long hospital stays
Patient Stories

Patient Stories

Read Hannah's aortic aneurysm patient story.

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