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Less Invasive Interventional Treatment Can Be Recommended as First-Line Treatment for 'Silent Killer,' Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
Date:3/10/2009

ry time is measured in days to weeks, as opposed to surgery patients who take several weeks to months to recover," added Sabharwal, who indicated that endograft patients are often discharged the day after treatment, resuming normal activities within two weeks (compared to six to eight weeks after surgery).

More information about endovascular repair, abdominal aortic aneurysms and interventional radiology can be found online at www.SIRweb.org.

Abstract 211: "Secondary Intervention Rates Following Endoluminal Infrarenal Aortic Aneurysm Repair," K. Katsanos, F. Ahmad, R. Salter, C. Sandhu, S. Thomas, J. Reidy and T. Sabharwal, Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospitals, interventional radiology, London, United Kingdom; S. Black and H. Zayed, P.R. Taylor, Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospitals, vascular surgery, London, United Kingdom, SIR 34th Annual Scientific Meeting March 7-12, 2009. This abstract can be found at www.SIRmeeting.org.

About the Society of Interventional Radiology

Interventional radiologists are physicians who are vascular experts; they specialize in minimally invasive, targeted treatments. They offer the most in-depth knowledge of the least invasive treatments available coupled with diagnostic and clinical experience across all specialties. They use X-ray, MRI and other imaging to advance a catheter in the body, usually in an artery, to treat at the source of the disease internally. As the inventors of angioplasty and the catheter-delivered stent, which were first used in the legs to treat peripheral arterial disease, interventional radiologists pioneered minimally invasive modern medicine.

Today many conditions that once required surgery can be treated less invasively by interventional radiologists. Interventional radiology treatments offer less risk, less pain
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