Methodist Healthcare
April 06, 2020

Methodist Hospital Aortic Program celebrates one year anniversary.

San Antonio, TX - From round-the-clock accessibility to minimally invasive approaches for both valve and aneurysm repairs, the Methodist Hospital Aortic Program is at the forefront of aortic disease treatment and prevention in the South Texas region. Lead by Kim de la Cruz, MD, the Surgical Director of the Aortic Center, the program provides comprehensive and multidisciplinary care for every individual, including open and endovascular therapies to manage thoracic and thoracoabdominal aortic diseases. The program also offers preoperative monitoring for at-risk patients or patients who have aortic disease but do not yet require surgery.

The Methodist Hospital Aortic Center is celebrating the one-year anniversary of beginning its complex aortic program. To date, the program has performed more than 45 aortic procedures, including aortic arch surgery, root replacement, valve repair, ascending aortic aneurysm repair, thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms, and David reimplantation procedures. Methodist Hospital is the only hospital in South Texas to perform major first-time aortic surgeries such as open repairs of subclavian arteries with kommerell’s diverticulum and aortic route replacement with cabrol modification.

“I am very fortunate to have this opportunity to lead a group of dedicated people striving to build this aortic program in San Antonio,” commented de la Cruz. “We had a great year of challenging cases and firsts in San Antonio with good outcomes and happy patients and families. It has been a privilege for me to witness how we have been able to perform such complex aortic cases here in our city.”

Methodist Hospital is proud to be the premier medical center in the South Texas region for the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of all types of complex aortic disorders.

“We still have a long way to go, but our team is undeterred in its mission of treating aortic disease here in San Antonio.”

Methodist Healthcare provides many levels of cardiovascular care with compassion and expertise for patients of all ages. To learn more about cardiovascular care, visit SAHealth.com.