Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Conservative treatment: Medical monitoring, medication, lifestyle modification, smoking cessation

Aggressive treatment: Open abdominal surgery, aortic stent grafting (endovascular repair)

An enlargement of the aorta, an abdominal aortic aneurysm occurs when the body’s main artery becomes weak. The resulting bulge often grows slowly and without symptoms. It can rupture without warning and be fatal.

Fortunately, there are several screening options for those at risk of abdominal aortic aneurysm. Your doctor may review your medical and family history, and if you are at risk, they may order a screening test (like ultrasound) to confirm or rule out an aneurysm. 

If the abdominal aortic aneurysm continues to grow despite conservative treatment, there are two options for treating it. Open abdominal surgery is required in about 30% of cases, depending on the size and severity of the aneurysm. This procedure is performed by a vascular surgeon and requires a recovery period of a month or more.

IHS offer a less invasive option for treating abdominal aortic aneurysm, and approximately 70% patients with this condition are eligible for it. Endovascular repair is a less invasive procedure to attach a synthetic graft to the weakened section of the aorta. It reinforces the vessel in order to prevent a rupture. After the procedure, imaging tests are required to ensure the repair is working properly. The procedure is performed by an Interventional Radiologist.

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Aortic stent grafting

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