An aneurysm is a ballooning of an arterial wall, caused by that part of the wall weakening. The cause of the weakening is unknown although some may be congenital and others occur following aortic disease or injury. Aneurysms can occur anywhere in the body, but most commonly develop in the major artery from the heart and the delicate vessels brain.
These surgeries are utilized to repair aortic aneurysms. Endovascular repair is the minimally invasive option. The surgeon will make a small incision, usually in the groin of the patient, and will use catheterization to feed surgical instruments and a camera up to the aortic artery. Then he will install a stent and grafting to support and repair the arterial wall. During open surgery, the surgeon will make a larger incision in the patient’s abdomen to expose the aorta for treatment. Once the patient is ready, the surgeon will repair the aneurysm with a graft.
Dr. Collins and the patient will discuss the procedures and the associated risks before making a decision on if surgery is necessary and if so, the procedure for the patient. Conditions and symptoms that indicate surgery is necessary include:
Some of the symptoms normally associated with aneurysms include swelling, throbbing sensations if the arterial bulge is near the skin. However, in other cases, the aneurysm might not present any symptoms at all until it ruptures. At that point the patient may experience symptoms including sharp pain, dizziness, and a sudden drop in blood pressure.
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