If you are considering surgery to repair a thoracic aortic aneurysm, you have been told by your doctor that you have an aneurysm in your thoracic aorta that needs repair. This is because your doctor may feel that the aneurysm is getting bigger and there is a risk of it rupturing.
Currently, the standard treatment for a thoracic aortic aneurysm is open surgery. In this procedure, the section of the vessel where the aneurysm has formed is replaced with a synthetic graft.
An alternative to open surgery for thoracic aortic aneurysm repair is a minimally invasive procedure called endovascular stent grafting or endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR).
Endovascular stent grafting is called a minimally invasive procedure, because, unlike open surgery, the stents used in endovascular stent grafting are designed to be placed inside the area of the thoracic aneurysm without removing part of the aorta.
You may be a candidate for endovascular stent grafting if you are:
You may not be a good candidate if you have a very large thoracic aortic aneurysm, irregularly shaped thoracic aneurysms or blood vessels, or other conditions that your doctor may discuss with you.
It is very important that you talk to your doctor about treatment alternatives for your thoracic aneurysm. Your doctor can provide details about the endovascular stent grafting procedure and whether or not it is right for you.
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.