Aortic Aneurysms

The abdominal aorta is the largest blood vessel in the abdomen. When the wall of the abdominal aorta becomes weak and expands, it is called an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Aneurysms are a serious health risk because they can leak or rupture, resulting in internal bleeding. This is a life-threatening condition which can lead to shock or death in certain circumstances.

“More than 90 percent of open aneurysm repairs are successful. Another treatment option for some patients is an endovascular stent graft, which is less invasive than open surgery and requires a shorter hospital stay.” – Don Doherty, MD

Radiologists can oversee examinations that will help your doctor screen for and diagnose an abdominal aortic aneurysm. The more common tests used to diagnose aneurysms include abdominal ultrasound or computed tomography angiography.

Your vascular surgeon may recommend different treatment options depending upon your condition. A longstanding treatment option is an open aneurysm repair, a surgical procedure performed through the abdomen, replacing the weakened portion of the aorta with a graft. More than 90 percent of these open aneurysm repairs are successful, according to the Society for Vascular Surgery.

A newer treatment option for certain patients is an endovascular stent graft, in which the vascular surgeon and interventional radiologist place a graft within the aorta by passing small catheters through the arteries in the groin. This method is less invasive than open surgery and requires a shorter hospital stay.

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Sources:
VascularWeb.org, Web site of the Society for Vascular Surgery; 
Virginia Interventional and Vascular Associates