Use of endovascular stents for the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysm

M A Mauro, W A Marston, J Sandhu, M A Farber, S M Weeks
Heart Disease 2000, 2 (4): 296-304
The conventional open surgical repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms is a well-established and durable procedure. However, as with all other major abdominal surgical operations, there are associated morbidities. Both mortality and morbidity increase significantly with advanced patient age and associated comorbid conditions. Endovascular aortic stent-grafts offer a significantly less invasive alternative to conventional open-surgical repair. Patients previously considered unsuitable for open repair can often receive treatment for aneurysms with endovascular techniques. The US Food and Drug Administration has recently approved two endovascular stent-graft devices for use within the United States.

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