An endovascular stent graft is like having a small, metal scaffold inside your aorta. It supports the weak area, so you can return to normal activities.
An endovascular stent graft is a synthetic fabric tube (graft) supported by a metal structure (stent). The stent graft helps to bypass the area of the aorta weakened by the aneurysm to keep it from rupturing.
The stent graft is designed so that it can be placed inside of the abdominal aorta, without surgically opening the blood vessel or removing any tissue.
Placement of an endovascular stent graft into the aortic aneurysm is done without open-chest or open-abdomen surgery, which can make recovery time faster.1 The long-term risks of stent grafting placement are currently unknown. Research is underway to learn more about these risks.
Endovascular stent grafting may be a good option for some patients who have an abdominal aortic aneurysm. To decide whether or not it’s a good option for you, talk to your doctor. Here are some questions and answers to help get you started.