JACKPICKLEMANMDFrom the Division of Vascular Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Ga (Drs Najibi, Terramani, Weiss, Smith, Salam, Dodson, and Chaikof); and the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Tex (Dr Lumsden).
Options for the treatment of abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysms are in a state of evolutionary change. The development and continued refinement of the endoluminal approaches has decreased the need for open aortic aneurysm surgery. Endovascular stent graft technology is an area of active research in which both the delivery systems and the endografts are undergoing continued improvement so that patients with what was previously thought to be unfavorable anatomy may be treated by these means. The design and deployment techniques of the currently available endografts, as well as those in clinical trials, are presented.
Najibi S, Terramani TT, Weiss VJ, Smith RB, Salam AA, Dodson TF, Chaikof EL, Lumsden AB. Endovascular Aortic Aneurysm Operations. Arch Surg. 2002;137(2):211-216. doi:10.1001/archsurg.137.2.211