Endovascular stent grafting is a less-invasive alternative to open surgical repair. It takes less time and allows you to heal quickly, so you can get back to enjoying life as soon as possible.
Endovascular stent grafting has made thoracic aortic aneurysm repair safer and more comfortable for many people, but the procedure is not for everyone. Before recommending endovascular stent grafting for you, your doctor will take a number of factors into consideration, including your age, the size of your aneurysm and aorta, your medical history, and your health history.
If you are a candidate for endovascular stent graft therapy, your endovascular surgery team will be involved at every stage. The team may consist of vascular surgeons, radiologists, anesthesiologists, nurse practitioners, and other specialists as needed.
Unless you are faced with a medical emergency, you will have time to learn about your surgery, what to expect, and how to prepare. Take an active role in learning about the procedure, so that when your doctor explains the surgery to you, you will already be somewhat familiar with the procedure.
Before surgery, your doctor will give you a medical exam, take your medical history, and talk to you about endovascular surgery. This is a good opportunity to ask your doctor about any questions and discuss any concerns that you have. The more you know, the more confident and comfortable you will be.
Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.