Fenestrated Endovascular Aortic Repair, also known as FEVAR, is a minimally invasive procedure that allows surgeons to repair the aorta through small incisions in your groin and or arms while still preserving blood flow to the critical branch arteries to your kidneys and other organs.
As leaders in aortic aneurysm repair, the UCLA Aortic Center is constantly striving to provide our patients with the latest minimally invasive options. We are one of only a few specialized centers in the country that offers fenestrated endovascular for patients with aortic aneurysms near the kidneys. This procedure offers hope for patients with aortic damage near the critical intersection of the aorta and the kidneys when open surgery is not an option.
Fenestrated endovascular repair is a minimally invasive approach that provides patients with many benefits, including:
Fenestrated endovascular repair is a relatively new procedure that helps repair damage in segments of the aorta where it branches into the blood vessels to your kidneys, small bowel and liver. During the procedure, surgeons prepare an endograft with openings called fenestrations. When the endograft is positioned in the aorta the fenestrations allow blood to flow to the kidneys and other organs by the use of smaller covered stents.
Some people may require a more traditional open surgery using prosthetic grafts to treat their condition. Learn more about open surgery at the UCLA Aortic Center.
In a fenestrated endovascular repair, surgeons create holes called fenestrations in the endograft to accommodate blood flow to the branch vessels of the kidneys, small bowel and liver. The surgeon customizes the holes in the endograft for each patient based on their individual anatomy.
Here’s what to expect:
Our doctors are constantly striving to provide the best care for patients with aortic disease. We provide the latest options for diagnosis and treatment, including advanced minimally invasive options.
You can request an appointment online or call the UCLA Aortic Center at 310-267-8234 (310-AORTAFIX).