Minimally invasive surgery to treat an aneurysm in the pelvis
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An iliac branch aneurysm is a bulge in the wall of one of the arteries located in your pelvis. These aneurysms can be difficult to treat because of the challenge of maintaining blood flow through these arteries during surgery. Iliac branch aneurysm repair is a minimally invasive treatment that involves smaller incisions, less pain and faster recovery than traditional open surgery.
Our Vascular and Endovascular Program is a recognized leader in the treatment of vascular conditions such as this. We’re a leader in the use and development of minimally invasive endovascular treatments, and we stay on the forefront of this area of medicine by collaborating on numerous clinical trials.
What to expect from an iliac branch aneurysm repair
You’ll receive either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with a sedative on the day of the procedure. The surgeon will make a small puncture in your Godin and will insert a small, flexible tube called a catheter through this incision and into an artery. This catheter will contain a device called a stent-graft, which will be carried to the aneurysm through the catheter as it’s threaded to the right position using X-ray images for guidance.
Once the catheter is in place, your surgeon will release the stent graft, which will treat the aneurysm. Blood will flow more easily through the reinforced artery and away from the aneurysm.
After the procedure, you’ll recover with us in the hospital for a few days. Your doctor will schedule regular checkups and scans to make sure your stent-graft stays in place and continues to work properly.
An angiogram is a special X-ray taken as a special dye is injected through a thin, flexible tube called a catheter to detect blockages or aneurysms in blood vessels.
The cardiac computed tomography scan, or cardiac CT, uses X-rays to create three-dimensional images of your heart and blood vessels.
Magnetic resonance imaging, better known as cardiac MRI, is a combination of radio waves, magnets and computer technology to create images of your heart and blood vessels.