Purpose: To present a modification of the Viabahn open revascularization technique (VORTEC) to facilitate right renal artery (RRA) revascularization via a limited thoracotomy and transaortic sheath during endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR). Case Report: A 51-year-old man with uncontrolled hypertension and limited respiratory reserve presented with a pararenal abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) measuring ∼1538.538 cm extending into the iliac arteries. Via a limited low thoracoabdominal incision and retroperitoneal approach, 3 of the renovisceral branches were exposed, but there was difficulty in approaching the RRA. A handmade 4-branched polytetrafluoroethylene graft (PTFE) was anastomosed to the descending thoracic aorta, and the 3 exposed renovisceral branches were bypassed sequentially. A modification of the VORTEC with a transaortic approach to revascularize the RRA was successful; a 7-mm×10-cm Viabahn stent-graft was advanced into the RRA and deployed into the RRA limb of the PTFE graft. The Viabahn-PTFE graft junction was fixed with interrupted suture, and its transaortic portion was dilated with a 7-mm balloon. EVAR was then accomplished with a 28.5-mm Excluder stent-graft. The final angiogram documented patent bypass grafts and no endoleak. Follow-up imaging showed a satisfactory stent-graft and patent PTFE graft without undue kinking of the Viabahn or stenosis within its transaortic portion. The patient remained well after 1-year follow-up. Conclusion: This transaortic modification may be a useful option for hybrid EVAR and application of a sutureless telescoping anastomosis technique.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging