The endovascular treatment of juxtarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) can be performed by either a standard endovascular stent graft with additional snorkle grafts to aorta branches (snorkel endovascular aneurysm repair) or implantation of a fenestrated stent graft (fenestrated endovascular aneurysm repair). While many vascular surgeons consider snorkel endovascular aneurysm repair and fenestrated endovascular aneurysm repair to be competing techniques or alternate strategies, published procedural outcomes suggest more complementary roles. In this clinical review, the advantages and disadvantages of these two approaches are debated, as much can be learned from both strategies. Because the indications and circumstances for juxtarenal AAA repair vary based on patient-specific comorbidities and anatomy, it is recommended that vascular surgeons have access to, and experience with, both treatment strategies. Based on published outcomes, patient outcomes, stent-graft patency, and re-intervention rates are generally similar and acceptable compared with open AAA repair. We conclude that there is a time and a place for both snorkel endovascular aneurysm repair and fenestrated endovascular aneurysm repair for the endovascular management of juxtarenal and pararenal AAA anatomy.
View details for DOI 10.1053/j.semvascsurg.2016.07.002
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