AORTIC ANEURYSM REPAIR - ENDOVASCULAR

Description

Endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair is surgery to repair a widened area in your aorta. This is called an aneurysm. The aorta is the large artery that carries blood to your belly, pelvis, and legs.

An aortic aneurysm is when a part of this artery becomes too large or balloons outward. It occurs due to weakness in the wall of the artery.

This procedure is done in an operating room, in the radiology department of the hospital, or in a catheterization lab. You will lie on a padded table.

You may receive general anesthesia (you are asleep and pain-free) or epidural or spinal anesthesia.

AORTIC ANEURYSM REPAIR

During the procedure, your surgeon will:

• Make a small surgical cut near the groin, to find the femoral artery.

• Insert a stent (a metal coil) and a man-made (synthetic) graft through the cut into the artery.

• Then use a dye to define the extent of the aneurysm.

• Use x-rays to guide the stent graft up into your aorta, to where the aneurysm is located.

• Next open the stent using a spring-like mechanism and attach it to the walls of the aorta. Your aneurysm will eventually shrink around it.

• Lastly use x-rays and dye again to make sure the stent is in the right place and your aneurysm is not bleeding inside your body.