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Aortic aneurysm repair is performed when an aneurysm forms in the aortic artery. An aneurysm is an abnormal widening or ballooning of a portion of an artery, related to weakness in the wall of the blood vessel. The aorta is a large artery that stems from the heart and carries blood to the rest of the body. Repairing an aortic aneurysm usually entails surgery, although a stent-graft repair procedure is also gaining popularity as it is minimally invasive and requires less recovery time. The most common procedures are open aorta surgical repair, graft-stent repair, and endovascular stent-graft repair. A vascular and/or cardio-thoracic surgeon usually performs this surgery which requires a hospital stay, although the endovascular and graft-stent methods typically involve a shorter stay....more »
Other medical terms related to medical conditions and procedures for Aortic Aneurysm Repair include:
An aneurysm is a swelling or dilation of a weakened wall in an artery. Arterial aneurysms have a tendency to grow and burst causing life-threatening bleeding. Traditionally, aortic aneurysms have been treated with open surgical repair of the dilated artery. Using an abdominal incision, open surgical repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms allows for the complete removal of the aneurysm with a replacement that involves the use of a piece of Teflon tubing.
Within the last five years a new approach to treating aortic aneurysms has been developed. It is a minimally-invasive approach using endoscopy. Tiny incisions in the groin are made using advanced x-ray and catheter technology. Patients who have undergone this new mode of treatment spend much less time in the hospital and return to their normal activities much earlier....more »
Aneurysms develop slowly over many years and often have no symptoms. If an aneurysm becomes too large, expands rapidly, tears open (ruptured aneurysm), or leaks blood along the wall of the vessel (aortic dissection), repair is usually required. Aortic aneurysm rupture is life-threatening and requires immediate surgical repair. Only open repair can be done in such instances.
The symptoms of rupture include:
An abdominal aortic aneurysm can develop in anyone, but it is most frequently seen in males over 60 with one or more risk factors. The larger the aneurysm, the more likely it is to rupture.
Aortic aneurysms are now the 10th leading cause of death among American men and the 13th leading cause of death in women. It is unclear why aneurysms are becoming more common and what causes them, although diet and genetics are likely contributing factors....more »
If the aneurysm is small and there are no symptoms (for example, if it was discovered during a routine physical), your doctor may recommend periodic evaluation. This usually includes a yearly ultrasound, to see if the aneurysm is getting bigger.
Your physician might prescribe:
Quitting smoking is also an important part of therapy....more »
Prior to any surgery, your doctor will give you a complete medical examination and evaluate your overall health and your health history. You may be required to get additional tests such as X-rays and lab tests. Your doctor will also review with you the potential risks and benefits of the operation and will ask you to sign a consent form. It is important that you ask questions and be sure you understand the reason for the surgery as well as the risks.
It is important that you inform your doctor if you have allergies to any medications, what medications you are taking, and if you have bleeding problems. It is also important to inform your doctor if you are pregnant.
Your doctor will also give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications. Carefully following these instructions will help your surgery go more smoothly.
Depending on the circumstances of your surgery, you may be instructed to do the following:
Immediately following your surgery, you will be transferred to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) where you will be closely monitored. You will remain asleep from the anesthesia for a few hours after the surgery.
Most patients after elective endovascular aortic aneurysm repair are able to go home approximately four or five days after the surgery. Expect to return to your normal level of activity within three to six weeks. You should begin walking short distances every day while gradually increasing the distance. Walking is the best exercise for you....more »
A variety of factors may influence the cost of the surgery. They include:
These factors vary depending on you and your situation.
The cost of each procedure can vary dramatically based upon age, location, gender, and insurance coverage. HealthGrades provides detailed cost estimates which include the costs of the procedure, drugs, hospital stay, and more. Each cost estimate is easy to understand and provides medical terms you need to know.
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Aortic Aneurysm Repair is typically performed by doctors specializing in Vascular Surgery. Nationally, there are 4226 practicing Vascular Surgeons. HealthGrades offers detailed physician reports to help you find a qualified Aortic Aneurysm Repair doctor or surgeon in your area, which includes disciplinary actions, patient feedback, background information, and more. Start your search now!
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