Inova Heart and Vascular Institute is a leader in the repair of aortic aneurysms using both standard surgical procedures as well as minimally invasive or endovascular (within the blood vessels) techniques. The endovascular technique requires only a needle puncture or small incisions in the groin along with the use of X-ray guidance and specially designed instruments to repair the aneurysm.
Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) are most often found by non-invasive ultrasound tests. Both the Society for Vascular Surgery and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommend a one-time AAA screening using ultrasound imaging for men age 65 years or older, particularly those with a history of smoking or a family history of AAA. An indication for routine screening in women is not as strong but can be considered if the same risk factors are present.
Inova has developed a team of experts to diagnose and treat aneurysms using the best method for each individual patient. This team includes: vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists and cardiac surgeons with an interest and expertise in aneurysm care.