As of Sunday, December 18, 2022, Jefferson Surgical Clinic (JSC) physicians and staff are employed by Carilion Clinic.

JSC and Carilion share the same philosophy about the practice of medicine. As a patient, you’ll receive the same care and compassion from your surgical provider. Also, you’ll have access to additional resources including MyChart, a secure online health management tool, and easy connections to many specialty services through an electronic medical record system.

If you have questions regarding an upcoming appointment, you can continue to reach your care team at (540) 283-6000..

The patient portal is no longer active due to system changes. You are able to pay your account balance using the “Bill Pay” button below instead of calling. For account questions, you may still call (540) 283-6070.


Traditional aneurysm surgery is an “open” procedure requiring a large incision in which the aneurysmal part of the vessel is replaced with a synthetic graft.

Endovascular aneurysm repair, in contrast, is performed through a small incision in the groins. This minimally invasive procedure uses special instruments and x-ray images for guidance. A stent-graft is inserted via the femoral artery and advanced up to the site of the aneurysm. The stent helps to hold the graft open and in place during the procedure.

Who is a candidate?

A patient might be considered for aneurysm surgery if:

  • They have symptoms such as chest, back or stomach pain
  • The aneurysm is growing rapidly
  • The aneurysm interferes with blood flow
  • The aneurysm is larger than 2 inches or 5 to 5.5 cm
  • The aneurysm is leaking blood

What to expect

Open aneurysm repair is durable, well-tolerated by most patients, and typically requires a 5 to 7 day stay in the hospital with complete recovery in 4 to 6 weeks on average.

In comparison, stented patients generally return home 2 days after endovascular repair and are monitored in regular follow-up visits to check for any complications. There are, however, certain requirements for safe placement of an aortic stent-graft and not all patients have the appropriate anatomy for this procedure.

Related Conditions