Endovascular Stent Graft


Endovascular stent grafting (endovascular aneurysm repair) is a minimally invasive treatment used instead of open surgery to reinforce the walls of the aorta and reduce the risk of complications from an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Should an aneurysm grow and rupture, it can cause massive internal bleeding and even death.

The development of an abdominal aortic aneurysm can be caused by aortic infections, blood vessel diseases, hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), high blood pressure, or even trauma from an injury, such as a car accident.

A catheter (long, thin plastic tube) is used to deliver the endovascular stent graft inside the aortic aneurysm. A stent graft is a fabric tube supported by metal wire stents. The catheter is placed through an artery in the leg near the groin using an x-ray for guidance. Once the compressed stent graft is in position, it is fastened into place and the catheter is removed.  

Because this procedure in not as invasive as other surgical options, recovery time is faster. Specific recovery instructions will be provided, and follow-up visits will be scheduled to ensure a full recovery. Generally, patients return to normal activities within four to six weeks.


The Patient Experience

Dr. Robbins looked at my imaging and made an appointment that same day for me to come in. At Vascular Tyler, it’s just like a family environment every time I come in here. If I have to go the doctor’s (office), this is where I want to go.
L. Cunningham, Patient
We don’t want to spend a whole lot of time with rehabilitation or in some sort of medical facility, so it was great discovering that there’s only little or no downtime. It was a matter of hours instead of days or weeks.
B. Finch, Patient
I had excruciating pain and was told I needed a knee replacement. But Dr. Robbins said I just need vascular surgery. They gave me relief from my pain, and they’re kind and interested in you as a patient and a person. This is the place to come.
M. Finch, Patient

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