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Filling in the Gaps in AAA Repair

This article was originally published in Start Up

Executive Summary

The first stent grafts created a market for the endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms. They also created new problems for start-ups to overcome. New companies have risen to the problem of avoiding endoleaks, with new stent graft designs and attachment systems, and also solutions for continuous monitoring.

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