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What is the fenestrated stent graft?

Fenestrated Graft

The fenestrated abdominal aortic aneurysm stent graft is the only FDA-approved graft that can be used above the renal arteries. This device eliminates the need for open surgery to treat aneurysms located above the kidneys.

Eligibility for fenestrated stent graft  

Eligibility for fenestrated stent graft repair of AAA requires a visit to Johns Hopkins and detailed review of the patients imaging study of the aneurysm - usually from high quality, contrast-enhanced CT scan.  Based on the anatomy of the aneurysm, Dr. Black will determine if you are a candidate for fenestrated AAA repair, traditional endovascular repair, or other endovascular techniques to address the aneurysm.  Indeed, the proper construction of the stent-graft by the surgeon – with fenestrations specific to the patient’s anatomy – is key to successful treatment of the AAA.

Benefits of the fenestrated AAA stent-graft:

  • Each graft is custom designed by the vascular surgeon for the individual patient.  The graft therefore fits better than any other treatment option, and allows the kidneys to continue receiving critical blood flow.
  • The grafts are inserted using a minimally invasive endovascular procedure.
  • Recovery time is dramatically reduced compared to the typical open surgery. Traditionally, it takes weeks to recover from the open surgery typically performed on this type of aneurysm. However, following the implantation of a fenestrated AAA stent graft, recovery time is mere days, and normal activity may be resumed in just a couple of weeks.

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If you have questions about treatment options for abdominal aortic aneurysm; or, if you would like to find out if you are eligible for the fenestrated AAA graft, call 410-955-5165 today.


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