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.
This procedure is minimally invasive and is done in The Vein Clinic at Vascular Tyler. The treatment takes 60 to 90 minutes. Additional treatments may be required, such as microphlebectomy (the removal of small, superficial varicose veins). Complications of EVA are rare, but they include the following: deep vein thrombosis, and infection at the incision site, and thrombophlebitis.