Before your procedure, your doctor will order tests to make sure you’re strong enough for surgery. You may be asked to stop taking certain medications a few days before the procedure.
On the day of your procedure, you receive a sedative to help you relax and a local anesthetic. Another option is general anesthesia, which will put you to sleep completely. Next, the vascular team will trim the hair around your insertion site, which is typically in the groin, and cleanse your skin.
Using a combination of a surgical incision and a needle puncture, your physician will insert a catheter and wire into the artery. With the help of X-ray images viewed on a screen, the catheter and wire will be threaded to the spot where the aneurysm is. Because there are no nerve endings in the artery, you will not feel the catheter and wire. Once the equipment is in place, the graft is opened, sealing off the aneurysm and preventing rupture.