Rhode Island Hospital
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02903
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Frank Sellke, MD
Arun K. Singh, MD
Afshin Ehsan, MD
Neel R. Sodha, MD
Minimally invasive surgical procedures have been extremely effective in
repairing heart valves, congenital heart defects and certain coronary
disorders. Endovascular surgery is a relatively new technique that uses
minimally invasive procedures to correct problems in blood vessels from
within the vessels themselves (the standard surgical treatment for
thoracic aneurysms is open-chest repair). For example, endovascular
surgery can be used to treat a thoracic aneurysm without opening the
Endovascular stenting has many benefits open surgery does not, including
a smaller scar, less pain and a quicker recovery. This procedure is
often used in patients whose overall health makes open surgery too
dangerous. With the use of a catheter, a stent graft is inserted into a
small artery through a tiny incision in the groin. Using x-ray, the
surgeon then guides the stent graft to the damaged area of the aorta.
The stent graft is then expanded, providing a reinforced channel for the
blood to flow and thereby reducing the pressure in the damaged area of
the artery, which prevents rupture.
Our surgeons are highly experienced in all the most advanced minimally
invasive techniques, and we always attempt to use the least invasive
approach medically possible.