Minimally Invasive Vascular Surgery Specialist

Southern California Multi-Specialty Center

Vascular Surgeons & Pancreatic and Robotic Surgeons located in Porter Ranch, CA & Sherman Oaks, CA

Vascular disease is very common and can result in the need for surgery. Dr. Sammy Eghbalieh at the Southern California Multi-Specialty Center performs minimally invasive vascular surgeries with the most up-to-date methods. For the best vascular surgery care, make an appointment online or call the office today.

Minimally Invasive Vascular Surgery Q & A

Is endovascular surgery minimally invasive?

Endovascular surgery to repair an aneurysm can be minimally invasive, thanks to an innovative method that does not require open surgery.

In the past, aneurysm repairs, wherein an artery swells, were treated with open surgery, involving an open chest incision and long recovery times.

Endovascular surgery involves a small incision and only takes three hours. It also has a shorter recovery time and less discomfort, making it an advantageous choice for treatment of aneurysms.

For high-risk patients who have other medical conditions, it’s a much better option because of its lower risk.  

How is endovascular surgery performed?

To access the aneurysm, Dr. Sammy Eghbalieh at the Southern California Multi-Specialty Center makes a small incision near each hip, and then with a catheter, inserts an endovascular graft. The graft is a tube made of special fabric and stainless steel.

Once the graft is in place at the aneurysm site, it will self-expand to fit the artery snugly, seal off, and repair the aneurysm. The graft will remain in your body permanently.

What can I expect after endovascular surgery?

Directly following endovascular surgery, you will lay flat for four to six hours to allow your leg wounds to stop bleeding and begin healing. You may experience some discomfort, but it will go away quickly. There may also be:

  • Leg swelling
  • Numbness
  • Throbbing
  • Nausea and vomiting as the anesthesia wears off

Endovascular surgery requires most patients remain in the hospital for two or three days. Dr. Sammy Eghbalieh at the Southern California Multi-Specialty Center will monitor you closely during your hospital stay.

The day after surgery, you will be up and walking, as well as eating. But, you may notice a decrease in appetite and energy level for two weeks post-surgery. And because of the surgical area healing process, showers won’t be an option. A bath that does not get the area wet is allowed, or you can take sponge baths.

Within four to six weeks, most patients resume their normal activities.