Endovascular aneurysm repair

  • Endovascular repair of an aortic aneurysm

An aneurysm is an abnormal swelling of a blood vessel. The commonest place to develop an aneurysm is the abdominal aorta. Abdominal aortic aneurysms are described in more detail HERE.

What is Endovascular aneurysm repair?

Endovascular aneurysm repair is normally done under local anaesthetic or epidural without any need for general anaesthetic.  The incisions in each groin are small (less than 5cm) and recovery is rapid.  Most patients are discharged home within 24-48 hours after the procedure.  Regular check ups are required (usually yearly) to check the stent-graft continues to function correctly.

 

Conventional surgery for abdominal aortic aneurysm involves a major abdominal operation.  In contrast, endovascular repair, or stent-grafting, allows a strong new lining to be secured inside an aortic aneurysm via two small keyhole incisions in each groin.  The endovascular stent-graft is inserted via soft flexible delivery catheters into the aneurysm under Xray control.

How does it work?

An endovascular aneurysm repair will stop an aneurysm bursting. 

Are there any risks I should be aware of?

Like any surgery, there are minor risks associated with endovascular aneurysm repair but very little chance of serious complication. The success rate of this procedure is in excess of 96%, although the patient will need annual check-ups. 

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What should I do next?

To make an appointment or for more details about endovascular repair of an aortic aneurysm, contact The London Vascular Clinic. 

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