Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
An aortic aneurysm is a weak area in the aorta, the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body. Abdominal aortic aneurysms often grow slowly and usually without symptoms, making them difficult to detect. You may experience symptoms including a pulsing feeling around your navel, deep, constant abdominal pain or back pain.
Who is at risk for AAA?
- Age 60 and older
- Family history of AAA
- Tobacco use
- History of heart disease or PAD
- High blood pressure
Interventional radiologists use minimally-invasive procedures to treat Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm. As an alternative to open surgery, this procedure is performed using imaging to guide a catheter inside a patient's artery where the repair can be made.
Vascular surgeons also repair abdominal aortic aneurysms using the following surgical options:
- Open abdominal surgery
- Endovascular surgery, including fenestrated endovascular repair and thoracic aortic aneurysm and disection.