A sudden weakening of the aorta’s wall, known as an aortic aneurysm (AA), usually requires surgical repair. This fast-moving and often symptomless condition affords the patient a small window of time for treatment before the aorta ruptures. For Erika Rau, suffering an AA during a snow cross accident in Lake Geneva meant being rushed to UW Hospital in Madison for surgery by one of the nation’s most skilled surgeons in AA repair. Charles W Acher, MD, Professor of Surgery, repaired Erika’s aneurysm using a minimally invasive endovascular technique. But this remarkable story doesn’t end there. Click here for more on the procedure Dr. Acher used to repair Erika’s aneurysm and her journey back to competition.