Endovascular repair is a minimally invasive alternative to open surgery. It does not require a large incision. Instead, surgeons use a catheter-based technique that allows them to fix your aorta from the inside out, with the help of special X-ray technology.
Our expertise performing endovascular repair is unmatched anywhere in California or the United States. At the UCLA Aortic Center, we have more experience and training than any other surgical team because we helped develop this procedure.
We performed the first aortic endograft surgery in 1994. Since then, our surgeons have performed thousands of endovascular repairs to treat aortic aneurysms, aortic dissections, aortic occlusions and traumatic aortic injury. Today, we are still working to improve this technique to benefit even more patients. Meet our expert team.
There are many advantages of this minimally invasive approach over open surgery. Today, surgeons opt for endovascular repair whenever possible, especially for high-risk patients.
Benefits of endovascular repair include:
Whether or not you are a candidate for endovascular repair depends on a number of factors, including what type of aortic disease you have and your overall health. At the UCLA Aortic Center, our doctors will work you to develop a personalized treatment plan that is right for you.
Endovascular repair may be preferable for some high-risk patients, including:
Some people are not candidates for endovascular repair. In these cases, a more traditional surgery may be needed to treat your condition. Learn more about open surgery at the UCLA Aortic Center.
Endovascular repair involves placing an endograft in the damaged section of your aorta. An endograft is a type of stent, a tube made of a special metal wire covered with a fabric mesh that works like scaffolding to support and cover the inside of the aorta. Endografts help restore healthy blood flow and prevent aneurysms from rupturing.
Endovascular repair is a minimally invasive procedure. Unlike open surgery, it does not require large incisions and may be done without general anesthesia.
Here’s what to expect:
Our doctors believe in patient-centered care. That’s why we take a personalized approach to diagnosis and treatment for aortic disease.
You can request an appointment online or call the UCLA Aortic Center at 310-267-8234 (310-AORTAFIX).