Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair

By Special Correspondent

Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair is a medical procedure to repair a weakened area in the wall of the large blood vessel, the abdominal aorta. This procedure is done to reduce the risk of rupture and to improve symptoms caused by the AAA. AAA repair can be performed using open surgical techniques or using endovascular techniques such as stent placement.

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What is an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is an enlargement or bulge in the wall of your abdominal aorta — usually occurring where it branches off to supply your lower extremities with blood. If left untreated, AAA can rupture, which can lead to life-threatening bleeding and possible death.

What are the risks of not treating an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

If left untreated, AAA can grow larger and may eventually burst or rupture due to increased pressure inside the vessel. Rupture causes massive internal bleeding which can be fatal if not treated quickly.

What are the treatment options for abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Treatment options for AAA include open surgery, endovascular stent grafting, and observation with regular monitoring. Open surgical repair involves replacing affected section of artery with artificial tubes called grafts. Endovascular stent grafting involves inserting flexible tubular device like stents in damaged area to prevent further expansion of AAA. Observation with regular monitoring involves tracking size of aneurysm over time through imaging tests such as computed tomography (CT) scan and ultrasound scan.

How is endovascular stent grafting performed?

For endovascular stent grafting, your doctor will make small punctures in your femoral arteries located near your groin and introduce catheters that have tiny electrodes on them into your body so they reach up towards your chest cavity where they insert devices known as “stents” into your arterial walls at specific locations that will increase strength at points inside the artery walls affected by aneurismal dilation or potential weakening spots.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurism Repair is used as effective method for reducing risk of rupture and improving symptoms associated with AAA. It can be done by either open surgical techniques or endovascular technique involving stent placement depending upon individual case scenario. Proper postoperative care should also overseen closely for ensuring successful outcome following this procedure.

Special Correspondent

Eusha Binte Omar is our special correspondent.

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