Endovascular Grafting

Endovascular grafting is a minimally invasive method used to treat an aortic aneurysm.

Endovascular means that the treatment is performed inside your artery using long, thin tubes called catheters that are threaded through your blood vessels

The procedure

This procedure is less invasive, using small incisions in your groin area through which to thread the catheters. However, it does require more maintenance than an open procedure. It is not suitable for all patients as it depends on the shape of the aneurysm in an individual patient and its proximity to the arteries in the kidneys.

During the procedure, your Surgeon will use live x-ray pictures to guide a fabric and metal tube, called an endovascular stent graft to the site of the aneurysm. Like the graft in open surgery, the endovascular stent graft also strengthens the aorta.

Following the procedure:

  • Shorter recovery time than for open surgery
  • Hospital stay of 2 - 3 days.
  • Frequent follow-up visits with imaging procedures, such as CT scans to ensure the graft continues to function properly