There are many different diseases or injuries of the thoracic aorta. The most common categories are thoracic aortic aneurysm which is a ballooning of the aorta, traumatic aortic transection which is a tear in the aorta wall, and aortic dissection where a small tear occurs in the inner layer of the aortic wall.
Thoracic aortic disease is rare, occurring in approximately 6-10 per every 100,000 people.* However, larger or rapidly growing disease or injury poses more risk of rupture and may require treatment.
Two primary options are available if treatment is necessary: open surgical repair or endovascular repair. Endovascular repair, which is less invasive than open surgery, involves excluding (sealing off) the aneurysm by placing an endovascular graft inside of the diseased aorta, making a new path for the blood to flow.
The GORE® TAG® Conformable Thoracic Stent Graft with ACTIVE CONTROL System is an implantable stent graft designed for endovascular repair of the thoracic aorta. It consists of one-piece that lines the aorta and extends as low as the abdomen near the diaphragm. It remains inside the aorta permanently through the use of metal prongs, or anchors, as well as a tight fit (radial force) against the wall of the aorta.
The GORE® TAG® Conformable Thoracic Stent Graft with ACTIVE CONTROL System is supported by more than 20 years of TEVAR experience and clinical data with up to nine years of follow-up. It is an innovative product with a time-tested legacy of helping physicians care for their patients.
A Patient's Story
* Eagleton MJ. Thoracic aortic aneurysm. Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) website. Accessed May 13, 2021. https://vascular.org/patient-resources/vascular-conditions/thoracic-aortic-aneurysm