Southern Cross Hospital Wellington - Vascular Surgery
Private Surgical Service
Endovascular therapy: a long thin tube (catheter) is inserted through a small incision (cut) made in the groin in the groin. The catheter is guided to the site of the aneurysm and a graft (synthetic tube) or stent (a metal tube) is put in place to relieve the pressure on the aneurysm.
Conventional: an incision is made in the abdomen or chest and the weakened part of the aorta is replaced with a graft.