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What happens during an aortic stent graft?

An aortic stent graft can be performed using a variety of anaesthetics. You may also be given a sedative to help you relax. Be sure and discuss your options with your consultant before your procedure.

A stent is a thin tube of fabric and reinforced by metal mesh. Your consultant will pass a catheter (tiny tube) along the artery to your heart. The insertion point will depend on the location of your aneurysm. Very often it is in your groin area.

Using x-ray guidance and contrast dye they will insert a guide wire along the catheter. A larger catheter (called a sheath) containing the compressed stent will be inserted long the guide wire until it reaches the aneurysm. They will withdraw the sheath leaving the graft in place. The graft will expand against the walls of your artery reinforcing the weak point.

You may need to stay in hospital 2-3 days. You will be encourages to get up and walk around very soon after your procedure. Be sure to let us know if you are in any pain.

Going home after aortic stent graft

You will not be allowed to drive until released to do so by your consultant. Please arrange for someone to drive you home on the day of your discharge.

You should avoid taking a bath until your incision(s) have healed completely. Your consultant may advise you to avoid any strenuous activity or heavy lifting for 4-6 weeks after your procedure.

You will need to return for regular imaging tests to confirm the stent is in place and working correctly.

Be sure to discuss any return to work with your consultant.

As with any procedure there could be complications:

  • Bleeding
  • Bruising
  • Infection

Specific complications of aortic stent graft may include:

  • Leaking of blood around the graft
  • Movement of the graft
  • Blockage of flow within the graft
  • Graft fracture
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Brentwood  

Shenfield Road, Brentwood, CM15 8EH

01277 695695
Overall rating Good
Brighton  

Warren Road, Brighton, BN2 6DX

01273 624488
Overall rating Good
Bristol  

3 Clifton Hill, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1BN

0117 906 4870
Overall rating Good
Chichester  

78 Broyle Road, Chichester, PO19 6WB

01243 530600
Overall rating Good
Derby  

Rykneld Road, Derby, DE23 4SN

01332 540100
Overall rating Good
Exeter  

Wonford Road, Exeter, EX2 4UG

01392 262110
Overall rating Good
Guildford  

Stirling Road, Guildford, GU2 7RF

Self Pay Enquiries 0300 131 1401
Switchboard 01483 555800
Overall rating Good
Leeds  

2 Leighton Street, Leeds, LS1 3EB

01133 882 067
Overall rating Outstanding
Leicester  

Scraptoft Lane, Leicester, LE5 1HY

Enquiries 0300 1311416
Overall rating Good
Newcastle upon Tyne  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 1JP

0191 281 6131
Overall rating Good
Oxford  

Beech Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7RP

01865 307777
Overall rating Good
Tunbridge Wells  

Kingswood Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 4UL

01892 531111
Overall rating Good
Warwickshire  

The Chase, Old Milverton Lane, Leamington Spa, CV32 6RW

Enquiries 0300 131 1400
Overall rating Good
Wessex  

Winchester Road, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, SO53 2DW

02380 266 377
Overall rating Good
York  

Haxby Road, York, YO31 8TA

01904 715000
Overall rating Good

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