An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a weakened and bulging area in the lower part of the aorta, the major blood vessel that supplies blood to the body. This is such a dangerous condition because of the importance of the aorta. The aorta is the largest blood vessel in your body. Its purpose is to carry blood throughout your entire body.
"Endovascular” means minimally invasive repair through an artery at the groin. A catheter is passed into an artery and directed to the aortic aneurysm. Through the catheter, a cardiologist passes a stent graft and opens the stent graft at the aneurysm site, creating new walls through which blood flows.
In addition to faster recovery times and less pain, endovascular aortic aneurysm patients face lower potential risks of the following complications after surgery:
- Heart and lung complications
- Kidney failure
- Blood loss