Endografts for Aortic Disease (Minimally Invasive)
For some patients with thoracic or abdominal aortic disease, surgeons may be able to repair the aorta using a minimally invasive endovascular technique.
In 2005, UW Health was the first institution in the state to use this technique to repair aortic aneurysms in the chest.
You will be asleep during surgery. Using advanced radiology and imaging systems, vascular surgeons first insert a catheter through a small incision in your groin.
Next, they guide a tube-shaped, fabric-covered stent (pictured) through the catheter up to the damaged portion of the aorta.
Once the graft is in place, it is expanded to fit tightly and seal against the wall of the aorta. This creates a new path through which blood can flow and excludes the blood from the aneurysm sac (or balloon). Doctors then remove the catheters and close the incision sites.
For Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms