An Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) is a weakening and enlargement of the aorta, the main vessel that carries blood throughout your body. This type of aneurysm occurs in the abdominal area. If an AAA grows large enough, it can rupture and cause life-threatening bleeding. Males over the age of 65 and smokers are at higher risk of having AAA, thus, routine screening is recommended via ultrasounds or CT scans. Depending on the size and rate of which the AAA is growing, repair of the aneurysm may be necessary.
Endovascular repair is a less invasive way of fixing an AAA compared to traditional surgery. It prevents the need to perform open surgery, thus, there are fewer risks and complications. During endovascular repair, a thin tube (catheter) is inserted into the artery in your groin and advanced to the aneurysm site. A stent graft is placed which then allows the blood to flow through the graft and prevents the aneurysm from growing.