February 22, 2016
Corey Reich was born in January 2015 with a double aortic arch – an abnormal formation of the aorta (the large artery that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body) that is a congenital problem (present at birth). After close monitoring by cardiology, Corey was doing well and went home. In August 2015, Corey starting spitting up more, choking and his cough was worsening prompting his mother to bring him in for evaluation. Traditionally, an open thoracotomy is performed to prevent complications and alleviate symptoms. Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children (RMHC) pediatric surgeon, Dr. Steve Rothenberg, was able to use a thoracoscopic approach, a minimally invasive technique to repair the thoracic vascular anomalies. RMHC is the only hospital in Colorado now performing thoracoscopic/minimally invasive vascular ring surgery and one of the few places in the world doing it routinely.