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Who performs endovascular procedures?

Mark J. Russo, MD
Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular)

An endovascular stent graft is a treatment for aneurysms of the descending (thoracic and abdominal) aorta. It is similar to the approach that is used for a cardiac catheterization of the coronary arteries. This procedure requires only small incisions in the groin. Then the surgeon inserts a catheter through the femoral artery in the groin and with the use of x-ray guidance and specially designed instruments, the aneurysm can be repaired from inside the aorta by inserting a tube, called a stent-graft.

The tube replaces and reinforces the diseased aortic wall, ensuring continuity of blood flow while preventing further expansion of the aorta, aortic rupture, and/or aortic dissection. 

The potential benefits of the procedure include less risk, a shorter hospital stay, and a more rapid recovery.

Endovascular procedures are performed by doctors with special training in blood vessel health and in using technologies to treat blood vessels. Among the medical specialists who may treat peripheral artery disease (PAD) with endovascular approaches are interventional cardiologists, vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists and vascular medicine specialists.

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