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History of the Endograft Procedure

Interventional radiology is often misunderstood, but the alternatives it presents are changing the way patients deal with abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysms. In the past, surgery was required to repair ruptures, but the mortality rate was significantly higher when compared with newer medical data on EVAR. The endograft procedure, a minimally invasive, non-surgical alternative, is revolutionizing the ways physicians provide treatment to their patients. Endovascular stenting is still a relatively new response to the threats posed by AAAs and TAAs – our physicians performed the first wall stent in 1986, and the procedure has only recently been offered in other parts of the world in the last few years.

The life-saving endograft procedure, an emerging alternative treatment for a thoracic or abdominal aortic aneurysm, is gaining ground due to its faster recovery time, shorter hospital stay, and decreased mortality rates. For patients unable to tolerate general anesthesia, there’s another benefit; physicians can perform the procedure with regional anesthesia.

The Importance of Endovascular Stenting

With the number of AAAs and TAAs on the rise, endovascular stenting is becoming more important. Research has shown that an endograft is a wiser choice not only for patients with an AAA or TAA at immediate risk of rupturing, but also for the elderly, whose co-morbidities respond better to the less invasive endovascular stenting procedure.

Detection and monitoring are key to preventing the rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm or thoracic aortic aneurysm. If you are at risk, make sure you schedule regular screenings with your physician. To learn more, please contact us for details on the endograft procedure or call us at our office in Chicago, Illinois at 630-856-7460.