Information for Patients

Aortic Stent Grafting

An aneurysm is an abnormal enlargement or bulging of a blood vessel and is the result of a segment of the vessel becoming weak and unable to withstand the pressure of blood flowing through. The bulge will generally occur at the area of the weakened part of the vessel and will usually start out small and grow as the pressure continues to build.

The aorta is the main artery carrying oxygen-rich blood from the heart to areas all over the body that extends from the left chamber (ventricle) of the heart and goes through the chest, down through the belly, or midsection of the body (abdomen), and into the pelvis (groin). Aneurysms in this vessel are especially troublesome because the aorta branches off and supplies blood to the brain, liver, stomach, both large and small intestines, spinal cord and many other areas of the body. An untreated aneurysm runs the risk of bursting and causing severe health complications, including death.

The specialists at VCU Medical Center Department of Radiology provide expertise in aortic stent grafting using guided imaging techniques to treat aortic aneurysms. A stent graft is a small tube made of fabric supported by a metal mesh. The stent is designed to seal tightly with the artery above and below the aneurysm reinforcing the wall of the vessel making it safe for blood to flow through. The stent is generally put in place using a long, thin tube called a catheter by inserting it directly into the artery.  

Generally, these treatments allow for shorter hospital visits, less pain, less recovery time and less of a chance for complications since the incision for the procedure is small. Call 804.828.6986 for more information or to schedule a procedure or consultation.

VCU Department of Radiology Virginia Commonwealth University VCU Medical Center