The vascular system is made up of vessels, or flexible tubes, that move blood and other fluids through your body. When a blockage occurs, vascular disease develops, and you may need endovascular surgery to correct the problem and regain good health. Dr. Sammy Eghbalieh at the Southern California Multi-Specialty Center has unsurpassed expertise performing endovascular surgeries. Using a team approach, they work together to provide you the best possible care that always considers the latest vascular research. Schedule an appointment today.
Endovascular surgery, otherwise known as endovascular repair, is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat problems with blood vessels, such as an aortic aneurysm that causes swelling, or ballooning, of an artery wall.
As a less invasive option than open surgery, endovascular repair recovery is much shorter. That’s because it doesn't involve any large incisions.
During endovascular surgery, your doctor makes a needle puncture or small incision and uses X-rays to guide a thin-tube catheter to the aneurysm location. Then, the doctor places a guide wire and expandable stent-graft in the catheter. The stent graft expands and stops blood from flowing into the aneurysm.
Endovascular surgery may also be used to treat angioplasty and deep vein occlusions.
How should I prepare for endovascular surgery?
The first step in preparing for endovascular surgery is determining whether it’s the right option for treating your vascular condition.
During your appointment at the Southern California Multi-Specialty Center, a review of your medical history and cardiac records takes place. Your doctor may also order additional tests:
Dr. Sammy Eghbalieh at the Southern California Multi-Specialty Center does everything possible to make your endovascular surgery experience go smoothly and with minimal discomfort.
On the day of the procedure, you receive a sedative to calm your nerves and a regional anesthetic to numb the surgical area. But some procedures require general anesthesia, which puts you entirely to sleep.
During your 2-3 day post-surgery hospital stay, the team at the Southern California Multi-Specialty Center will monitor you closely.
The day after surgery, you can expect to be up and walking, as well as eating. You won’t be able to take a shower until the surgical area has healed, but a standard or sponge bath that does not get the area wet is okay.
In the weeks after surgery, you may experience:
Most patients return to normal activity within four to six weeks of surgery.
A week after your surgery, you will have a follow-up appointment with your doctor to check progress and healing. After a month, an imaging test is performed to make sure the graft is in place and functioning properly. This test is also completed six months and one year after surgery.
Most patients return to normal activity within four to six weeks.