Our strategy is to identify people who are at high risk for an aortic aneurysm through screening. If patients are diagnosed, we monitor them regularly and treat them before complications develop. Most abdominal aortic aneurysms do not rupture, but the likelihood of a rupture increases significantly as the aneurysm grows in size.
A simple, noninvasive ultrasound imaging test of the aortic area will confirm the presence of an aneurysm.
Treatment for aortic aneurysm may include:
- Routine ultrasound tests to monitor the size and rate of growth of the aneurysm
- Endovascular aortic aneurysm repair with stent implants
- Open surgical aortic aneurysm repair. In cases where the aneurysm is located in a hard to reach area or where it covers an extended area, open surgical repair may be necessary. After the patient is given general anesthesia, the vascular surgeon cuts open the aneurysm and sews in a stent to act as a bridge for the blood flow. This prevents the blood flow pressure from further expanding the weak aorta wall.