Without proper treatment, aortic aneurysms can lead to serious medical problems and significantly increase the risk of mortality. As a top cardiovascular surgery practice in Oxnard, Ventura County, CA, Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgeons of Ventura County offers patients the most effective treatment options for aortic aneurysms for optimal outcomes and better health.
An aortic aneurysm is a weakened and often bulging area of the aorta, a major artery located in the chest and abdomen. Aortic aneurysms can develop in the chest (thoracic aortic aneurysms) or belly (abdominal aortic aneurysms). Without proper treatment, aneurysms may grow and eventually burst or split apart (dissect), resulting in serious issues like shock or even death.
Some mild aneurysms cause no symptoms at all; often, these aneurysms are only diagnosed when they’re seen on X-rays or other diagnostic scans performed for other causes. More severe aneurysms may cause pain in the belly or back or pulsing sensations in the belly, especially near the bellybutton.
Because many aortic aneurysms cause few or no noticeable symptoms, routine screenings are often the best way to diagnose them. Screening is performed using noninvasive imaging techniques and is often recommended for people with risk factors for aneurysms, including those with a history of aneurysms, smokers and people with atherosclerosis (“hardening” of the arteries).
Some mild aneurysms can be treated with a “watchful waiting” approach, with regular monitoring to ensure the aneurysm doesn’t grow larger or begin to cause symptoms. Larger or symptomatic aneurysms typically require surgery repair to strengthen the weakened area, usually using a synthetic graft. During the procedure, an incision is made in the abdomen, and the damaged portion of the vessel is opened and cleaned of debris. Then the graft is sewn in place. Surgery may also be performed using an endovascular approach. In this type of surgery, incisions are made in the groin, and a long flexible tube called a catheter is inserted. The graft procedure is performed using special instruments designed to be used in endovascular procedures without any large external incisions. Hospitalization and recovery times are shorter with endovascular repair techniques.
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