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A patient is awake, but is given medication to relax and the incision site is numbed. Your cardiologist will make a small incision in a femoral artery that supplies blood to your leg. A guide wire travels through the artery and beyond the site of the thoracic aneurysm. The stent, which is contained within a catheter, is guided to the site over the guide wire.
Once in place, the catheter is removed, leaving the stent-graft to expand against the walls of the aorta on either side of the aneurysm. This reinforces the walls and helps the blood flow freely through the region.
One incision is made in the upper thigh.
Patients will normally stay two to three days in the hospital.
Most patients feel better after the first week, but should limit activities. Do not lift object weighing more than 10 pounds for four to six weeks. Driving and bathing will be limited during the first couple of weeks.
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