New procedure offers hope for aortic aneurysm patients

Frank Korany is back to enjoying life’s adventures after minimally invasive fenestrated endograft procedure

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Frank is back to playing his saxophone.

Frank Korany knew something was very wrong when he was transferred from one hospital near his home to the University of Michigan emergency room in 2013. As it turned out, the aortic aneurysm he had been diagnosed with in 2007 (and which his doctors were monitoring) had grown so large that only a team of specialists like those at the U-M Frankel Cardiovascular Center had the necessary expertise to treat him.

Frank was no stranger to heart issues. He had experienced congestive heart failure, which led to a pacemaker in 2008, followed by surgery to insert two stents and then a serious infection that required removal of the pacemaker and impacted his joints and teeth. “I had to learn to walk again,” Frank says, due to the severity of the joint infection.

When he was admitted to U-M for treatment of the seven-centimeter aneurysm growing in his aorta, Frank jokingly posted this message on his Facebook page: “Vacationing in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan.” Continue reading

Dr. Jonathan Eliason: Veteran and vascular surgeon

"I would never trade my experience in the military"

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Dr. Jon Eliason with a patient at the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center. He credits his time in the Air Force for strengthening his skills as a vascular surgeon.

Jonathan Eliason always dreamed of becoming a doctor. His quest to make that dream come true led him to the military, where a Health Professions Scholarship Program would pay for medical school. In return, Dr. Eliason would spend three years in active duty in his chosen field — an obligation he was prepared to fulfill.

What he wasn’t prepared for was his life-changing experience with patients and military colleagues, which he says have made him a stronger surgeon and a better doctor. And, despite the dangers of serving overseas, Dr. Eliason says, “I would never trade my experience.”

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