Surgical techniques in type A dissection
Acute aortic dissection is a surgical emergency that must be urgently managed, with the primary goal of restoring flow to the dominant true lumen in the downstream aorta. Our preference at the Cleveland Clinic is for an open distal anastomosis technique without aortic clamping, as it permits more accurate approximation of dissected layers and more homeostatically secure anastomosis. During this procedure we employ right axillary end-to-side graft perfusion, followed by deep hypothermic circulatory arrest and antegrade brain perfusion. The distal anastomosis is performed without felt strips or glue. Critical to achieving a successful outcome is meticulous de-airing of the arch, diligent myocardial protection, and a water-tight anastomosis prior to discontinuing cardiopulmonary bypass.