Your surgeon will perform an abdominal aortic aneurysm repair to prevent the rupture of a bulging area of your aorta.
Endovascular Aneurysm Repair
Your surgeon will begin by making a small incision in your groin over your femoral artery.
Then he or she will insert a guidewire into the artery and gently push it up toward the sight of your aneurysm.
A catheter, or hollow tube, will be passed over the guidewire and pushed toward your aneurysm.
Using live x-ray pictures as a guide, your surgeon will pass an endovascular stent graft, a compressed fabric and metal tube, through the catheter to the aneurysm
Then he or she will open the graft, which will be held in place with metallic hooks and stents.
Your surgeon may insert additional graft components to extend the graft into the blood vessels supplying your legs.
Once the graft is in place your blood will flow through it, not into the surrounding aneurysm sac, which will remove the pressure from your aneurysm.
Finally, your surgeon will remove the catheters and close the incisions in your groin.
The procedure will generally take two to three hours.