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What is Endovascular Aneurysm Repair?

Endovascular aneurysm repair is a life-saving procedure that prevents potentially catastrophic damage to the aorta. You might be surprised to learn that this procedure is performed as a minimally invasive option at our spa-like offices at South Florida Vascular Associates. You’ll only find this state-of-the-art procedure with our highly experienced and impressive team, so here’s what to know about endovascular aneurysm repair at our Coconut Creek, Boynton Beach, and Plantation, FL locations.

What’s an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?

An aneurysm is a serious health condition where a blood vessel swells and balloons outward, potentially bursting and causing severe bleeding in the area. Although an aneurysm has the potential to occur anywhere in the body, it can be especially dangerous when it occurs in the abdominal aorta. This large blood vessel runs directly from the heart down to the abdomen, where it supplies oxygen-rich blood to the major organs in the abdomen, such as the liver, bowels, and kidneys – in fact, it’s the largest artery in the body. Normally, this aorta can withstand the blood pressure from the nearby heart, but a weakening of the walls or damage to the aorta (combined with the force of blood pressure) can cause it to expand and burst.

What is Endovascular Aneurysm Repair?

This minimally invasive procedure reinforces the walls of the aorta while still allowing blood to pass through. It uses a small catheter and a live-feed camera inserted through a tiny entry point in a nearby artery. Your vascular surgeon will locate the aneurysm in the aorta and place a specialized tool called a stent. The stent is a small mesh tube covered with thin polyester fabric. It’s placed inside the aorta to provide support to the blood vessel walls while blood flows through it. It can provide long-term protection against bursting of the aneurysm – in fact, this procedure has a more than 90% success rate in the long term.

Endovascular Aneurysm Repair Recovery

After endovascular aneurysm repair, you may need to be monitored to ensure you remain in good condition. Once you return home, our vascular surgeons will give you detailed instructions to follow regarding exercise, work, and medications. Your complete recovery may take 2-3 months, but our team will help you work toward maintaining good vascular health, such as lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, getting regular physical activity, and quitting smoking. They may also recommend regularly checking your aorta with medical imaging to ensure the stent remains in place and the aneurysm shrinks over time. 

Endovascular Aneurysm Repair in South Florida

At South Florida Vascular Associates, we offer groundbreaking vascular care so you can work toward living a healthy and fulfilling life. To meet with our team and learn more about your options for abdominal aortic aneurysm treatment, contact our offices today by calling or requesting a consultation online.