Endo Vascular Aneurysm Repair (EVAR) is a procedure for patients requiring abdominal aortic aneurysm repairs and results in safer care, shorter hospital stays and a quicker recovery. Clinical Lead and Consultant Vascular Surgeon Paul Eyers said "An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a swelling of the main artery in the abdomen. If left untreated it can burst, usually with fatal consequences. Traditionally, aneurysms have been treated by a major operation involving a large cut in the abdomen, one to two days in Intensive Care, a hospital stay of 7 days and a total recovery time of up to several months. The new technique involves two cuts in the groin with patients going home 1-2 days later. Now, thanks to good close working between our surgeons, and X-ray teams, and excellent support from colleagues in Bath, these cases can be done at Musgrove"

Brian Nicholson lives in Bishops Hull and was one of the first to have the new treatment at Musgrove. He said "I was a bit surprised when they said I was having a new procedure but everyone was very good and explained things to me very carefully. It was good to be back home so soon - Mr Eyers said I could go the day after the op. One of the scars healed really quickly too; the other took a little longer to heal. It is good news that others in Somerset will now be able to benefit from this".

Andrew Stewart is a Consultant Vascular Surgeon at Musgrove. He said "This is a very exciting development in the treatment of this life threatening condition. We are delighted to be able to provide this minimally invasive surgery to patients in Somerset."

Dr Tim Ward is a Consultant Interventional Radiologist at Musgrove Park. He said "This procedure requires a new team approach between surgeons and interventional radiologists who work together using highly specialised imaging equipment to repair the aorta. Everyone is very pleased with the excellent results that we have had since starting this service locally. Many people will not have heard of interventional radiology, but it can make a huge difference to the quality of care that we provide and will play a big part in health care in the future."

Musgrove Park Hospital NHS

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