Endovascular aortic graft implantation is a new procedure for the repair of arterial aneurysms. We report on the first such case successfully performed in the United States. A 76-year-old man with severe oxygen-dependent pulmonary insufficiency, coronary artery disease, and recurrent ventricular tachyrhythmia was also diagnosed as having a 7.5-cm infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm. Because of the high risks associated with conventional surgical repair, consent was obtained for compassionate use of an experimental device. Using local anesthesia, a 22-mm Dacron prosthesis was inserted under fluoroscopic guidance through an open, left transfemoral route. Completion arteriography demonstrated aneurysm exclusion. No blood transfusion was required and there were no perioperative complications. Further technical refinements and clinical trials will be required prior to the broad implementation of this technique.
(Arch Surg. 1995;130:549-552)