Endovascular AAA Repair Grows; Little To Choose Between Ancure, AneuRx
This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet
Endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms continues to grow in popularity with the clinical community at the expense of the more invasive open surgical procedure, due in large part to word-of-mouth among patients, according to physicians.
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