Endovascular Aneurysm Repair

What happens during an endovascular procedure?
A 90-minute surgery procedure generally performed under local anesthesia.

Benefits and Complications of Endovascular Surgery
Easier recovery, no need for blood transfusion, local anesthesia, excellent short-term and long-term results at NYU.

Aneurysm Surgery Research at NYU
Current clinical trials evaluating and debating the best treatment methods for arterial aneurysms; Society for Vascular Surgery Registry.

Why Choose NYU for Aneurysm Surgery?
Largest team of top-level vascular specialists in New York City, committed to finding the best treatment methods.

NYU Aneurysm Repair Experts
List of aneurysm repair experts at NYU

What happens during an endovascular procedure?

Endovascular surgery combines both surgery and radiology skills to enable physicians to relieve blocked arteries without the traditional large surgical incisions.

During the endovascular repair procedure:

  1. A local, epidural, or general anesthetic is administered and surgery begins.
  2. The surgeon makes an incision in the groin (femoral artery).
  3. The surgeon inserts a catheter (small thin tube) into the artery and navigates to the aneurysm site using a surgical wire and X-ray guidance.
  4. The surgeon places a stent-graft into the artery. The stent-graft relines the blood vessel and relieves the pressure of the aneurysm.
  5. The surgeon removes the catheter, and closes the incision.

Endovascular aneurysm repair has many benefits and few complications.

All patients who undergo endovascular surgery at NYU are enrolled in a computerized database. Surgeons record the follow-up details in this database (see below: "Aneurysm Surgery Research at NYU") and use the information to study the long-term results of these therapies.

More information about aneurysm repair surgery is available on the Society for Vascular Surgery website.

Back to Top

Benefits and Complications of Endovascular Surgery

  1. The minimally invasive approach used in endovascular aneurysm surgery allows for an easier recovery for the patient.
  2. Many patients are able to have the surgery under epidural anesthesia and leave the hospital the very next day.
  3. Blood transfusion is no longer needed.
  4. NYU’s vascular surgeons have excellent short-term and long-term endovascular repair results < whychooseaneurysmsurgeryatnyu.html >, including the lowest complication rate in New York state and a zero mortality rate.

What are the risks of endovascular aneurysm surgery?
Vascular surgery places a patient at slight risk of bleeding and blood clots. The experience and expertise of NYU’s vascular surgeons render these complications rare.

Back to Top

Aneurysm Surgery Research at NYU

The convergence of advanced imaging and endovascular surgery has revolutionized care for patients with vascular disease.

Before 1994, patients with enlarged abdominal aortic aneurysms required extensive, invasive open surgery and prolonged convalescence. Today, these same patients—even those with the most life-threatening aneurysms—can expect to be treated with a minimally invasive procedure (approximately 1 hour of surgery) and to be discharged from NYU the following morning.

Working with interventional radiologists and biomedical engineers, NYU’s vascular surgeons pioneered the multidisciplinary approach that made this treatment possible. This cutting-edge, collaborative effort is one example of how our surgeons push the limits of medical innovation to create and advance the best possible treatment methods.

Vascular surgeons at NYU perform more endovascular reconstructions than any other hospital in the United States, with excellent surgery outcomes.

The sheer volume of procedures performed allow our surgeons to analyze the outcomes and create techniques to refine and improve this minimally invasive approach.

Clinical Trials for Arterial Aneurysms

Zenith ® TX2™ Thoracic TAA Endovascular Graft Clinical Study Continued Access
Collects data regarding the Zenith ® TX2™ TAA Endovascular Graft in elective treatment of patients with descending thoracic aortic aneurysms.

Positive Impact of Endovascular Options for Treating Aneurysms Early: The Pivotal Study
Seeks to determine whether repairing small aneurysms using the AneuRx AAA Stent Graft is superior to serial imaging surveillance with respect to the frequent rupture or aneurysm-related death over a 3-year follow-up period.

Evaluation of the Medtronic Vascular Talent Thoracic Stent Graft System for Treatment of Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms
5-year follow-up for patients who have had an endovascular repair of a descending thoracic aneurysm with the Talent Thoracic Stent Graft System.

Clinical Study Comparing Use of the Modified Bifurcated EXCLUDER Endoprosthesis to Open Surgical Repair in the Primary Treatment of Infrarenal Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms
5-year follow-up of patients who have received the Excluder Endograft for treatment of their infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm.

Vascular Surgery Research Database

Society for Vascular Surgery Registry
SVS’s downloadable database of all carotid procedures, modeled by NYU’s vascular surgeons and used by surgeons and researchers throughout the country.

Back to Top

Why Choose NYU for Aneurysm Surgery?

NYU’s vascular surgeons began performing endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms in 1994 as part of a Food & Drug Administration (FDA) clinical trial.

NYU’s vascular surgeons are certified and trained to use all of the currently approved FDA devices, and experts in treating aneurysms in many parts of the body. Vascular surgeons at NYU currently perform more endovascular reconstructions than any other hospital in the United States.

Today, NYU Medical Center’s Division of Vascular Surgery offers the largest team of top-level vascular specialists in New York City. Members of a leading academic medical center, NYU’s vascular surgeons are deeply committed to finding the most advanced, innovative, proven methods to treat diseases of the arteries and veins.

NYU’s expert vascular surgeons offer:

  • decades of experience treating thousands of patients with conditions ranging from varicose veins to life-threatening issues of arterial aneurysms, carotid stenosis, deep vein thrombosis, and limb salvage
  • some of the highest surgical success rates < veinsurgerynewyorkcity.html > in the state, the nation, and the world.
  • authoritative insight into current research < vascularsurgeryresearchnewyorkcity.html> and clinical trials to further new, promising approaches to improving vascular health
  • academic leadership: teaching current and future vascular specialists worldwide, advising manufacturers of emerging vein and artery treatment devices, and assisting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in approving new vascular treatment methods
Back to Top

NYU Aneurysm Repair Experts

Vascular Surgery
NYU Langone Medical Center
530 First Avenue
Arnold and Marie Schwartz Health Care Center (HCC)
Suite 6F
New York, NY 10016

Take the H elevators to the 6th floor. Our offices are at the end of the hall.

Phone: (212) 263-7311 (option 3, listen for the appropriate prompt)

Fax: (212) 263-7722

Fax: (212) 263-7722

Mark A. Adelman, M.D.
Chief of Vascular Surgery

Neal Cayne, M.D.
Director of the NYU Endovascular Surgery Program

Glenn R. Jacobowitz, M.D.
Vice Chief of the NYU Division of Vascular Surgery / Director of Vascular Surgical Services at Tisch Hospital

Lowell S. Kabnick, M.D.
Director of the NYU Vein Center

Patrick J. Lamparello, M.D.
Vice-Chair of Vascular Surgery / Director of the Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program

Thomas Maldonado, M.D.
Chief of Vascular Surgery, Bellevue Hospital

Firas F. Mussa, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Surgery at the NYU School of Medicine

Thomas S. Riles, M.D.
Associate Dean for Medical Education and Technology / Frank C. Spencer Professor of Surgery

Caron Rockman, M.D.
Director of Medical Education and the Director of Clinical Research for the NYU Division of Vascular Surgery

Frank J. Veith, M.D.
The First U.S. Surgeon to Perform an Endovascular Aneurysm Repair

Back to Top