Endovascular intervention is an alternative, far less invasive procedure used to treat conditions that affect blood vessels such as aneurysms (swelling or ballooning of the blood vessel).
Endovascular intervention involves making a small incision near each hip to access the blood vessels. An endovascular graft, which is a special fabric tube device framed with stainless steel self-expanding stents, is inserted through the arteries in a catheter, and positioned inside the aorta. Once in place, the graft expands and seals off the aneurysm. The graft remains in the aorta permanently.
The advantages of endovascular intervention include:
- Shorter recovery times
- Less discomfort
- Use of local or regional anesthesia instead of general anesthesia
- Smaller incisions,
- Less stress on the heart
Some of the Endovascular Interventions we perform at King’s include:
A peripheral angiogram test uses x-rays and dye to help doctors identify narrowed or blocked arteries that supply blood to your legs. Depending on the observations your Doctor will decide if a procedure is needed to open any blockage.
Varicose Vein Treatment (Endovenous Ablation of Varicose Veins)
Varicose vein is a common condition that usually affects the lower extremities. In some cases it needs to be treated. The commonly used technique is laser treatment. New minimally invasive techniques use the latest available technology involving closing the dilating veins by using a special glue.