The Healthcare Team Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)


Endovascular Stent Grafting is a minimally invasive procedure, and several healthcare professionals will be involved in the surgery.

By asking the doctor about the surgery, a lot can be learned about the procedure. Here is a brief description of some of the healthcare professionals that may be involved in an endovascular stent grafting procedure.

Vascular Surgeon

The vascular surgeon typically performs the endovascular stent grafting procedure, and leads the surgical team. Surgeons have medical degrees and several years of specialised surgical training. Endovascular surgeons can answer all questions about the procedure.


Anaesthesiologists are doctors with medical degrees who have specialised training in anaesthesia. Their focus is on pain management. They will be involved in all stages of your surgery before, and after, the endovascular stent graft is placed in your aorta.

Nurse Anaesthetist

The certified registered nurse anaesthetist (CRNA) assists and supports the anaesthesiologist. They are responsible for controlling the anaesthesia during the operation and helping to ensure safety following the procedure.


The radiologist is a medical doctors who works closely with the endovascular surgeon to provide images that enable the surgeon to guide the stent graft into place.

Operating Nurse

Nurses are a critical part of the surgical team. It is their responsibility to manage the care and comfort at each stage of the procedure—from preparation to recovery. They also assist the surgeon during the operation.


Since it may be difficult to eat after surgery, proper nutrition is essential before surgery and during recovery. Nutritionists advise nurses responsible for post-surgery care on how to help meet nutritional needs to assist in recovery.

Physical Therapist

Physical therapists work with patient and doctor to help physical recovery from surgery. They advise on types of physical activity to do or not to do in order to help regain strength and mobility after surgery.