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Abdominal Aneurysm

The aorta is the largest artery and the body. It begins at the heart and runs to the chest and abdomen. Sometimes the walls of the blood vessels weaken and bulge in one area. A procedure or surgery may be recommended to support the weakened area.

If your abdominal aneurysm requires repair your surgeon will determine the best way to treat it.

Stenting: depending on where the aneurysm is located and how complex it is, stenting may be done. A stent-graft as a polyester tube covered by a tubular metal web. The stent-graft is inserted through a small incision in the upper thigh into a large artery called the aorta. Using x-ray, it is guided through the aorta to the site of the aneurysm. With the stent-graft in place, blood flows through the stent-graft instead of into the aneurysm, decreasing the chance of rupture.

Open Surgery: if stenting cannot be performed, then we may recommend a surgery where we make an incision in the abdomen, open up the aorta and manually place a graft to make the blood flow not go into the aneurysm anymore.