More and more patients who were traditionally treated by open surgical methods are today benefiting from minimally invasive, endovascular approaches. Endovascular procedures are like operating on the arteries and veins from the inside. These procedures are performed through a small puncture wound or incision, as opposed to traditional open procedures, which require a larger incision and a longer recuperation time. Blockages in the arteries or veins can be treated with balloon angioplasty, placement of stents, and thrombolysis (the use of clot-dissolving drugs), all through a small puncture wound, usually in the groin.
There is a revolution currently under way in vascular surgery and its name is endovascular surgery.