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The Endovascular Approach

A cutting-edge procedure at Texas Health hospitals is revolutionizing treatment for abdominal aortic aneurysms. Endovascular stent graft repair results in shorter recoveries and less postoperative pain for patients.

The abdominal aorta is responsible for delivering oxygen-rich blood to your abdomen, pelvis and legs. When a section of the aorta weakens and bulges outward, it is called an
abdominal aortic aneurysm and can result in death, making treatment imperative.

Traditionally, a large incision would be made in the patient’s abdomen to reach the aneurysm site. During endovascular stent graft repair, however, the surgeon makes a small incision in the patient’s groin to locate the femoral artery. A tiny catheter is then inserted into the artery, and using X-ray guidance, the surgeon threads a small endovascular stent -- a small mesh-like tube -- to the site of the aneurysm. When the
stent is placed correctly, it strengthens the aorta and restores proper blood flow.

Patients who undergo endovascular stent graft repair have smaller incisions and experience
a quicker recovery than those who undergo the traditional, open surgical procedure. Not all patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms are candidates for the procedure, however. Talk
with your surgeon to determine your eligibility.

To find a Texas Health hospital that offers this cutting-edge procedure, visit TexasHealth.org/CuttingEdge. (Summer 2010)

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