The aorta is the body’s main and largest artery, supplying blood to the body. An abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) occurs when an enlargement or “bulge” develops in a part of the aorta in the abdomen. The enlarged aneurysm typically happens as pressure by each heartbeat pushes against the weakened aortic wall. If the aneurysm isn’t caught and corrected, the aortic wall will continue to weaken and the aneurysm will continue to grow, eventually rupturing the aortic wall. A rupture can cause serious internal bleeding, a typically fatal situation. It’s critical to detect an AAA before it ruptures.
Over the past two decades treatment of aneurysms has been “revolutionized.” Where once major abdominal surgery was required, currently Endovascular Repair is the mainstay of treatment. Endovascular Repair often involves 1-2 small incisions and 1-2 days of hospital stay. This is appropriate for about 90% of AAA’s, but not all. A small percentage of patients still require “traditional” repair. An experienced surgeon is the best judge of the best course of action. Rest assured that we will advise the safest option.
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