Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is an enlarged, bulging area in the main blood vessel that delivers blood your abdomen, pelvis and legs. Your treatment options depend on your age and health, as well as the size and location of the aneurysm and how quickly it is growing.
Surgery is often recommended if the aneurysm is large, fast growing, or if its causing pain.
Repair options may include:
Endovascular repair (EVAR): In this minimally invasive procedure, a tube covered by mesh called a “graft”, is inserted through a catheter up into your aorta via your leg. With X-ray images for guidance, the stent-graft is placed at the site of the aneurysm, expanded, and fastened into place. This reinforces the weak section of the aorta to repair the aneurysm and prevent it from rupturing.
Open Abdominal Repair: This option uses an incision in your abdomen to allow the surgeon access to the aorta. A damaged section of the aorta is removed and replaced with a synthetic tube graft that is sewn into place.