Endovascular stent graft repair can't treat all aortic aneurysms. Depending on their size and location, some may need to be treated with traditional surgery. Newer stent grafts, called fenestrated stent grafts, are available for certain aneurysms near the kidney and internal arteries.
Like all surgeries, endovascular stent grafting has potential risks, which may include:
Before your procedure, your doctor will order tests to make sure you’re strong enough for surgery. You may be asked to see your primary care doctor or cardiologist prior to surgery. You will be told which medications need to be stopped prior to the procedure.
On the day of your procedure, you need to arrive 2 hours prior to the procedure. You will be put to sleep with general anesthesia. Next, the vascular team will trim the hair at the groin to prepare for a surgical incision in each groin to insert the stent graft.With the help of ultrasound images viewed on a screen, the stent graft will be positioned inside the aneurysm and secured to seal off the aneurysm. This will prevent the aneurysm from growing any further and take the pressure off the vessel wall to prevent rupture.