Aortic Center Overview

Researchers Develop New Stents for Complex Aortic Aneurysms

Mayo Clinic vascular surgeon Gustavo S. Oderich, M.D., and his team are helping to develop stents for complex aortic aneurysms.

The Mayo Clinic Aortic Center is one of the premier centers for diagnosing and treating people with serious and complex aortic disease. Each year Mayo Clinic treats more than 7,300 people with aortic aneurysms.

The center's team of experts includes specialists in vascular and endovascular surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, cardiology, vascular medicine, rheumatology, radiology and medical genetics. These doctors and surgeons have special interest in diseases of the aorta and work together to integrate medical, surgical, radiologic and research expertise to benefit the people who seek them out for effective and innovative care.

Thorough diagnostic evaluation and advanced treatment

The center offers people with complex aortic aneurysms and dissections extensive multispecialty investigation to evaluate pre-anesthetic clinical risk and obtain imaging and medical genetics assessment. After this comprehensive evaluation, your care team talks with you about your diagnosis and the full range of treatment options, including endovascular and open surgical options. Together, you develop a plan tailored to your situation.

Very few medical centers offer the expertise, advanced diagnostic capabilities and advanced treatment options that are available at the Mayo Clinic Aortic Center.

Mayo Clinic has a long tradition of surgeons who perform open and endovascular techniques to treat aortic aneurysms. In the last decade, significant technological developments broadened the treatment options to include novel endovascular stent-grafts for complex aortic problems. These advances enable doctors to treat people with complex aneurysms that involve the arteries to the head and neck, kidney, and intestines with a minimally invasive approach.

Innovative research

The Aortic Center has one of the largest and most advanced endovascular research programs in the world. Its physician-scientists collaborate with industry and engineering partners to conduct clinical trials of new devices. For example, Mayo Clinic surgeons developed new stents for complex aortic aneurysms and were the first to offer this new treatment in the United States.

Mayo Clinic physicians have played a major role in the development of novel technology and serve as national or global principal investigators in many of these trials. You may want to talk with your Aortic Center doctor about whether you are eligible for a clinical trial that allows you early access to advanced technology.

Conditions treated

  • Aortic aneurysm
  • Aortic dissection
  • Aortic malignancy
  • Aortic trauma
  • Aortoiliac aneurysm
  • Arch aneurysm
  • Juxtarenal and pararenal aneurysms
  • Thoracoabdominal aneurysm
  • Vasculitis


See a list of publications on aortic disease by Mayo Clinic doctors on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.

Active clinical studies

This group of doctors is active in clinical studies related to aortic disease.

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Aug. 11, 2020