Penn Heart and Vascular

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Procedures at the Complex Aortic Disease Program

Quality & Outcomes: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Procedures

Treatment of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms

Despite the large volume of endovascular AAA repairs, Penn vascular surgeons continue to perform complex open aortic aneurysm repairs with low morbidity and mortality. Penn serves as the largest referral center for complex aortic work in the region.

Most abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) occur between the renal arteries and iliac arteries and affect as many as 8 percent of people over the age of 65 in the U.S. Penn has been a leader in the minimally invasive repair of AAAs for many years, having participated in every FDA-sponsored endovascular abdominal clinical device trial since 1996.

Aortic Endovascular Aneurysm Repair (EVAR)

Penn endovascular surgeons initiated the first U.S. clinical trials to study AAAs, which represent the vast majority of aortic aneurysms. At Penn, Ronald Fairman, MD, had an instrumental role in the development of the first stent to receive FDA-approval for endovascular aortic repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms. EVAR is a percutaneous procedure that involves placing synthetic grafts or stents within the aneurysm via the femoral arteries.

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