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Vascular surgeons with Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons (CTVS) recently performed Austin’s first implant of the Zenith Fenestrated® AAA Endovascular Graft at Heart Hospital of Austin. The Zenith Fenestrated AAA Endovascular Graft is a custom-made graft—manufactured precisely for each patient—that was developed for individuals who suffer from abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) disease, a leading cause of death in mature Americans in the U.S. Approximately 4.5 million people are living with AAA, and more than 500,000 cases are diagnosed each year.

AAA is a swelling that occurs in part of the aorta—the main vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body—and is the result of a progressive weakening in the arterial wall. Over time, the aneurysm will grow larger leading to a potentially fatal rupture.

The Fenestrated Endovascular Graft is placed within the diseased vessel through the groin to seal off the aneurysm. The graft—made of polyester graft material—is sewn using a standard surgical suture to a frame of expanding stainless steel stents that provide support. The graft makes a new path, restoring proper blood flow to the kidneys and bowel without the need for open surgery through the abdomen or chest.

Stephen Settle, M.D., and Mazin Foteh, M.D., performed the procedure at Heart Hospital of Austin.

KVUE-TV (ABC) recently detailed how the Zenith Fenestrated AAA Endovascular Graft treats patients who suffer from AAA. To view the story, click here.

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