How a stent graft is deployed


We use stent grafts as a minimally invasive way of fixing aneurysms or opening blocked arteries. They are inserted through a needle stick or a small cut down incision. A thin wire is guided carefully through the diseased artery. The stent graft is either wrapped on a catheter, like shown here, or is folded inside a deployment sheath. It then rides over the wire and is positioned under fluoroscopy (continuous x ray). This stent graft is deployed by pulling a rip cord. Other types of stent grafts are deployed by unsheathing them (pulling back the covering sheath, so that they are allowed to unfold).

Vascular disorders

Aortic aneurysm

Varicose veins

Carotid stenosis


 Dialysis access

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1100 S. Eliseo, Suite 2A

Greenbrae, CA 94904

75 Rowland Way, Suite 101

Novato, CA 94945

(415) 464-5400 (o)

(415) 464-5413 (f)

8:30am-5pm, M-F

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