Aortic Aneurysm Surgery, Performed by The Board Certified Vascular Surgeons at The Vein and Vascular Institute of Spring Hill, Can Save Your Life!
Aortic aneurysm surgery, performed in time, to repair an abdominal or thoracic aortic aneurysm can be minimally invasive and can save your life. If not detected in its early stages, aortic aneurysm can be fatal because if an aneurysm ruptures, it can cost your life.
In the United States alone, 11,000 people have died from Aortic Aneurysm Rupture because their aortic aneurysms were not detected in time and because they were left untreated.
If you think you are at risk of developing an aortic aneurysm, you can trust our vascular surgeons at The Vein and Vascular Institute of Spring Hill with diagnosis and treatment of the disease because they specialize in Endovascular Aortic Aneurysm Repair and because they have saved hundreds of lives by performing Aortic Aneurysm Surgery.
What are aortic aneurysms?
The largest artery in the human body is the aorta and it carries blood away from the heart to all the other parts of the body. There are two sections of the aorta, the thoracic aorta which runs through the chest and the abdominal aorta which runs through the abdominal area.
An aneurysm is an abnormal widening or ballooning of a section of an artery due to weakness in the wall of the blood vessel.
An abdominal aortic aneurysm refers to a balloon or bulge in the abdominal aorta. A thoracic aortic aneurysm refers to a balloon or bulge in the thoracic aorta.
Approximately 25% of aortic aneurysms form in the chest area (thoracic) and approximately 75% of aortic aneurysms form in the abdominal area.
Aortic aneurysms are very serious because if they continue to expand, they can eventually burst, causing severe internal bleeding that can lead to sudden death. Unfortunately, only about 20% – 30% of patients who arrive at the emergency room with a ruptured aortic aneurysm survive.
What is the cause of an aortic aneurysm?
Although the exact causes of aortic aneurysm are not known, a family history is certainly a factor, as well as age. So, if someone in your family has had an aortic aneurysm, you have a higher chance of developing one as well and you should consider scheduling a vascular consultation with one of our vascular surgeons.
In addition to having a family history, if you have high blood pressure and if you smoke, it is a good idea to schedule a vascular consultation as well. Also, it is important to note that aortic aneurysms are more common in men than in women.
There are also other diseases that put you at a higher risk for aortic aneurysms because they can weaken the layers of the aortic wall. They are Marfan’s Syndrome (a connective tissue disorder), Syphilis, and Tuberculosis. And in rare instances, trauma, such as a car accident or a fall, may cause an aortic aneurysm as well.
Aortic Aneurysm Symptoms
The aortic aneurysm signs are not always evident. In fact, only half of patients with an aortic aneurysm notice any symptoms at all. This causes concern since rupture of the aorta may lead to internal organ damage and even death. Aortic aneurysm has often been termed by doctors and patients as “the silent killer.”
If symptoms are present, some Thoracic Aneurysm Symptoms include:
- Pain in the jaw, neck, and upper back
- Chest or back pain
- Coughing, hoarseness, or difficulty breathing
Possible Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm symptoms include:
- Throbbing or deep pain in your back or side
- Pain in the buttocks or groin area
- Pain in the legs
If you are already experiencing any of the symptoms related to aortic aneurysm, and if you are concerned and uncertain, do not ignore the warning signs. A vascular ultrasound is the only sure way to detect the presence of this silent killing disease before it’s too late.
Treatment Options for Aortic Aneurysms
Depending on the size of the aneurysm and depending on other contributing factors, such as your age and health condition your doctor will advise you on the best treatment and if surgery is necessary.
Endovascular Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair (also referred to as AAA Endovascular Repair) involves placing a stent-graft inside the aorta at the location of the aneurysm. The stent-graft essentially creates a new passageway for blood flow and provides reinforcement within the aorta. With the stent-graft in place direct pressure from the blood flow is no longer applied to the weak aortic wall at the location of the aneurysm and this prevents the aneurysm from continuing to expand and possibly rupturing.
Endovascular AAA repair can be performed using minimally invasive methods where the vascular surgeon makes a small incision in the groin area, inserts a catheter, runs it through the femoral artery and directs it to the location of the aortic aneurysm. The surgeon then passes the stent-graft through the catheter and positions it adjacent to the aneurysm, creating new walls for the blood to flow through.
The benefit of this procedure is that the recovery time is only 2 to 6 weeks and it is a highly successful and effective treatment that could save your life.
Depending on your specific situation, your doctor may advise you to undergo open surgical repair, which is more invasive and will require a longer recovery time (6 weeks to 3 months).
Thoracic aortic aneurysm repair is similar to AAA repair, however, the aneurysm is closer to the heart. So depending on the exact location of the aneurysm and its size, your doctor will decide on the best method of treatment.
If you think that you are at risk of developing an aortic aneurysm, and if you have been experiencing any of the symptoms described here, it is critical to schedule a vascular consultation. Our vascular surgeons also recommend having routine check-ups, especially if you are male and over the age of 50 because early detection of an aortic aneurysm could save your life.
The Board Certified Vascular Surgeons at The Vein and Vascular Institute have saved hundreds of lives by performing aortic aneurysm repair. Our surgeons also have hospital staff privileges which means that we can treat you in the hospital setting if your condition requires it.
Aortic aneurysms are life-threatening, so do not delay. Give us a call today at (352) 505-1737 to schedule your vascular consultation, because a simple consultation with the right vascular physicians could save your life.