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Open Aortic Procedures

Patients with an enlarged aorta may need surgery to repair the large artery in the heart that carries blood to the abdomen, pelvis, and legs. In more serious cases, the surgery is most often performed by making an incision in the abdomen and using a long cylinder-like tube called a graft to repair the enlarged part of the aorta. Hospitals are asked to report on their annual procedure volume and whether their hospital’s privileging process include the surgeon meeting or exceeding Leapfrog's minimum surgeon volume standard. Hospitals also report on whether they have protocols in place to ensure that the surgery is only done unnecessarily on patients who would not benefit. 

View Leapfrog's minimum hospital and surgeon volume standards here.


Patients Included in the Measure

  • Inpatients (Patients who are admitted to the hospital for at least one overnight stay)

  • Adults