If an artery or vein is blocked or damaged, a vascular surgeon may replace the damaged section with a new vessel, known as a graft; a graft can be either synthetic or tissue. Sometimes the graft is created from a human blood vessel, either from a donor or from elsewhere in the patient’s body. A vascular grafting procedure is usually done through traditional open surgery, and requires a hospital stay.
If the aorta (the large artery that carries blood out from the heart) is weakened, it can sometimes be treated with a different type of graft—an endovascular stent graft. This is a strong mesh tube that rests inside the aorta and provides structural support, lessening pressure on the vessel’s walls. The graft is implanted via catheter.
Temple offers several options for graft materials, and our vascular surgeons are highly experienced. We have special expertise in vascular reconstruction to restore blood flow to limbs that might otherwise require amputation, and in grafting of the carotid artery.