Endovascular aortic aneurysm repair fixes an aneurysm in your aorta. An aneurysm is a weak or bulging part of a vein or artery. Your aorta is a large artery. It carries blood from your heart through your belly to the rest of your body.
If you don't fix this problem, your aorta could burst. And this can cause death.
Your doctor will use a special man-made tube to fix your aorta. This is called a stent graft. After the procedure, your blood will flow through the stent graft. It will not push on the aneurysm.
To do the procedure, the doctor makes two cuts in your groin area. These are called incisions. Then the doctor puts small tubes into the arteries in that area. The tubes are called catheters. The doctor first uses the catheters to put dye in your arteries. The dye makes your aorta show up on X-rays. Next, the doctor uses wires inside the catheters to move the stent graft through the arteries and up to your aorta. After the stent graft is in place, the doctor takes out the catheters and wires. Then he or she uses stitches to close the incisions. You will have scars that fade with time.
You will probably spend 1 to 3 days in the hospital. You may be able to return to work and many of your daily activities 1 to 2 weeks after the procedure.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Procedures can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your procedure.
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Current as of: March 20, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Jeffrey J. Gilbertson, MD - Vascular Surgery
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