What happens during an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair?

If your doctor recommends abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair in the cath lab, here's what to expect:

  • You'll have general anesthesia, so you will feel no pain.
  • The doctor will make two small incisions in blood vessels in your groin.
  • A catheter will be inserted into each blood vessel and threaded to your aorta.
  • One catheter will deliver the stent graft. The second catheter will be used to help fit the graft into the aorta.

The doctor will remove the catheters and close the incisions. The stent graft remains to line the aorta.

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