Aneurysm Repair and Endovascular Procedures
Endovascular aneurysm repair is a technique that involves fixing an aneurysm from within. This procedure consists of performing two small groin incisions through which a graft is inserted into the aorta. The graft is held in position by stents similar to those used to open blockages in blood vessels. This graft effectively excludes the aneurysm from the flow of blood, which is now directed through the graft.
The obvious advantage of these grafts is that an abdominal incision is avoided and this allows patients to recover faster. The majority of patients can go home 24 to 48 hours after surgery. Patients return to normal activities much sooner than with open repairs. In some cases, this procedure can be done without general anesthesia.