What Is Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
An aneurysm occurs when blood vessel walls become weak and bulge or balloon out. Abdominal aortic aneurysm affects the abdominal aorta, the main blood vessel that supplies your abdomen, pelvis and legs with oxygen-rich blood. Symptoms, if any, can include a pulsing sensation near the navel, back pain and a deep and persistent pain in or on the side or your abdomen.
Our vascular specialists share decades of experience providing care for people with vascular conditions. After an evaluation, our providers will diagnose your symptoms, discuss your treatment options and design a care plan especially for you, using minimally invasive treatments (using tiny incisions) whenever possible.
Treatments for abdominal aortic aneurysm
CHI Franciscan offers traditional and advanced options for aneurysm repair, such as endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR), a minimally invasive procedure. Guided by X-rays, a thin tube called a catheter is passed through an incision, typically in your leg, to guide a stent graft into place. The stent will act as the new walls of the blood vessel, providing structure to the affected area and allowing your ballooned artery to shrink around it. The potential advantages of EVAR include shorter recovery time and better outcomes versus traditional open surgery.
Not everyone is eligible for EVAR. For example, if your aneurysm is near or above the kidneys, it may be too difficult to treat with EVAR, and a synthetic graft will be placed through traditional open surgery instead. We’ll assess your specific condition and discuss your options with you.
Get a vascular screening
Many times, abdominal aortic aneurysms have no symptoms until the disease has reached an advanced stage. For that reason, we offer several vascular screenings to detect a problem before it causes symptoms.
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