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
Endovascular surgery uses minimally invasive procedures to correct
problems in blood vessels from within the vessels themselves. For
example, endovascular surgery can be used to treat a thoracic aneurysm
without opening the chest.
This technique has many benefits that 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 stent
graft is guided 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
Our surgeons and interventional cardiologists are highly experienced in
all the most advanced minimally invasive techniques, and we always
attempt to use the least invasive approach medically possible.