What is an aortic aneurysm?
An aortic aneurysm is a bulge in the aorta, the body's main artery. They occur when the wall of the artery is weakened due to plaque buildup inside the wall of the aorta.
Why are aneurysms dangerous?
If unrecognized and untreated, the bulge in the artery can grow large enough to rupture - or burst - and cause death.
What is an aneurysm repair surgery?
Your surgeon will insert a stent-graft within the aneurysm, which takes pressure away from the weakened artery walls. This prevents further enlargement or rupture.
With modern, minimally invasive, or endovascular techniques, this procedure is safer and less traumatic than ever before. Your surgeon will make two small incisions in the groin area and access your aorta through the femoral arteries. Most patients return home just a day or two after surgery - this is much faster than the traditional method, which required a large abdominal incision and extended recovery time.