Questions and Answers – Getting an Endovascular Stent Graft Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)


It’s good to ask questions. Take an active role in the treatment. When you meet with the doctor, make sure to understand the procedure, the risks of the procedure, and why the procedure has been recommended. Here are some questions and answers to start with.

Please note, these questions and answers are not intended to be a substitute for a thorough discussion with the doctor. Please read this information carefully and then talk to the doctor.

What determines the success of endovascular grafting for abdominal aortic aneurysms?

It depends on several things, including the age, health conditions and the location, size, and shape of the abdominal aortic aneurysm.

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What makes me eligible for endovascular stent grafting?

Endovascular stent grafting can be performed if the aneurysm has not ruptured and if it has expanded in size to the point where the doctor feels endovascular aneurysm repair is necessary.

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How do I prepare for the surgery?

The healthcare team will provide detailed instructions about how to prepare for endovascular stent grafting. In general, can expect that several tests will be performed to ensure that it is safe to perform the surgery. The doctor may also ask to stop taking certain medications.

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Who performs this procedure?

The endovascular stent grafting procedure is performed in a hospital surgical suite, usually by a vascular surgeon and a team of specialists, including a radiologist, anaesthesiologist, operating room nurses, and other experts as needed.

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What are the risks and potential complications of the procedure?

As with any surgery there are risks and potential benefits with endovascular stent grafting. The doctor can explain how these risks and benefits may affect the patient. Here are some potential complications:

  • Blood leakages around the stent graft
  • Blockage of the flow of blood through the stent graft
  • Movement of the stent graft from its original site of placement
  • Fracture of the stent graft
  • Infection
  • Rupture of the aneurysm or aorta

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How long does the procedure last?

Usually the procedure takes 2 to 3 hours. Beyond that, you can typically expect to stay in the hospital for 2 to 4 days. Full recovery will take usually about 4 to 6 weeks.

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How long will the stent graft remain in my body?

The stent graft is intended to remain in the aortic aneurysm permanently. The doctor will schedule regular appointments to make sure the stent graft is working properly.

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