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Operative Technique
February 2002

Endovascular Aortic Aneurysm Operations

Author Affiliations

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).

Arch Surg. 2002;137(2):211-216. doi:10.1001/archsurg.137.2.211

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.