Endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) technique is a minimally invasive procedure approach to abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair. Following EVAR, isolated aortic tissue starts remodeling after the new blood path is established. The commercially available endovascular grafts (EVG) have been found to be prone to Type I endoleak, which is re-pressurization of the degenerated AAA sac following a breach in the seal mechanism of the EVG or migration due to failure of the mechanism holding the graft in place (Chuter, 2002) These inadequacies of EVGs might be attributed to the effect of non-optimal design of graft anchoring system. In the present study, we utilized pre-operative and post-operative computer tomography (CT) data with previously derived material properties to construct three-dimensional finite element (FE) models for AAA before and after the EVAR procedure. We studied the nature of stresses acting on the aorta before and after EVAR. In particular we investigated the physical forces acting on the EVG and how they are transferred to the aortic wall at graft anchoring sites.

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