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Aneurysms

An aneurysm is an abnormal bulge or ballooning in a weakened artery or vein. Aneurysms can be located in any blood vessel of the body but generally develop in areas of high pressure where blood vessels divide and branch off to other parts of the body. Aneurysms can be caused by illness or injury and genetics. Aneurysms can be life threatening and require the expertise of a vascular surgeon to appropriately treat.

 

Risk Factors

  • Genetics
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Plaque build up

Symptoms

  • Belly pain, back pain, groin pain
  • Feeling full after eating small amounts of food
  • Nausea vomiting, feeling faint or passing out
  • Feeling a pulsating lump in the belly.

How is this Diagnosed?

Often discovered during an x-ray, ultrasound, or echocardiogram done for other purposes.

Treatments

Endoliminal graft repair (ELG) – Is a minimally invasive procedure performed within the artery using thin tubes called catheters. The catheters are threaded through small incisions in the groin into the vessels where a stent is deployed to increase the blood flow through the vessel.

Open Aneurysm Repair – During open aneurysm repair procedure, the weakened, bulging part of your artery is replaced with a tube like graft passed through the vessel, which allows us to bypass the aneurysm.

Types of aneurysms

  • Aorta
  • Kidney/Spleen
  • Legs
  • Brain
  • Heart
  • Neck