Endovascular Aneurysm Repair (EVAR)

UPMC Pinnacle Hanover is pleased to offer EVAR aortic aneurysm repair as part of its expanded interventional heart and vascular services.

Endovascular Aneurysm Repair (EVAR), a minimally invasive treatment option, involves having a small incision made in the groin (or pEVAR having no incision or cutting of tissue), in which the interventional physician threads special instruments through a catheter which leads to the aneurysm, where a stent and graft are placed to support the aneurysm, lowering the risk of rupture.

An aneurysm is an abnormal bulging or swelling of a portion of a blood vessel. Aortic aneurysms occur when a weakness develops in part of the wall of the aorta, the large blood vessel that carries oxygen-rich blood away from the heart to the rest of the body. Aneurysms that occur in the lower part of the aorta, within the abdomen, are called abdominal aortic aneurysms. Referred to as “ticking time bombs” in the body, these aneurysms can rupture and cause sudden death.

Until now, EVAR was only available at large medical centers, such as University of Maryland (U.M.) Hospital in Baltimore. As part of UPMC Pinnacle Hanover’s partnership with U.M., a specially trained surgical support team led by vascular surgeon Dr. Daniel Neuzil and Dr. David Gilbert, an interventional cardiologist, now perform the life-saving procedure in Hanover – saving patients and their families time and travel to other facilities.

“UPMC Pinnacle Hanover now offers a full range of minimally invasive vascular and open vascular procedures,” says Dr. Neuzil. “This is an exciting advance and I am happy to be here offering my services.”

“It is very exciting with the clinical addition of EVAR and the opening of our new and expanded Heart and Vascular Center,” states Michael Gaskins, Interim President and CEO, UPMC Pinnacle Hanover. “More patients can remain in our community and receive top quality care.”

Click here to read about our 1st EVAR Aneurysm Repair Procedure.

For more information about aneurysm repair or about diagnostic ultrasound screening for aortic aneurysm, please call Hanover Medical Group Cardiology, at (717) 637-1738.