Your aorta, the largest artery in your body, becomes fragile and prone to bursting if you develop an abdominal aortic aneurysm. The board-certified vascular experts and surgeons at Vascular Surgery Specialists in Phoenix, Arizona, specialize in diagnosing, monitoring, and treating abdominal aortic aneurysms to prevent life-threatening ruptures. Set up your appointment by calling the office directly or requesting an appointment online today.
An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a portion of your aorta, a major artery, within your abdomen that becomes weak, causing the walls to bulge and stretch beyond their usual capacity.
Since the aorta is the largest blood vessel in your body, a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm can be devastating to your health or even life-threatening due to major bleeding. Your provider at Vascular Surgery Specialists watches your abdominal aortic aneurysm closely to decide whether or not to treat it and when treatment is necessary.
An abdominal aortic aneurysm may or may not cause you any symptoms. Sometimes, your first indication of an abdominal aortic aneurysm occurs when it shows up on a routine imaging test for something else.
If you experience symptoms from your abdominal aortic aneurysm, you should contact Vascular Surgery Specialists right away. Your symptoms might include:
Symptoms like these usually indicate that the aneurysm is expanding. You should seek immediate emergency care if the pain you experience is sudden and very severe.
Vascular Surgery Specialists offers several diagnostic tests that can effectively locate an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Often, people get these tests because of chest or abdominal pain with no specific indication of an aortic aneurysm. To diagnose and evaluate your aneurysm, your provider might use:
After diagnosing the aneurysm and assessing its severity, your provider at Vascular Surgery Specialists determines the best course of treatment for your case.
Abdominal aortic aneurysms are treatable with several diverse approaches, but in many cases, they don’t need treatment at all. Either way, close monitoring of the condition is necessary.
If the aneurysm is two inches in diameter or smaller, you should practice watchful waiting by coming in once every six months for an evaluation. You may also need to take medications to lower your blood pressure to relieve pressure from the walls of your aorta.
For larger abdominal aortic aneurysms, your expert at Vascular Surgery Specialists might suggest a surgery called open aneurysm repair to treat the aneurysm by placing a fabric or plastic graft within the artery.
A minimally invasive procedure called endovascular repair involves a stent graft to reinforce the artery walls. Your provider places it using a catheter inserted in your groin area.
The experts at Vascular Surgery Specialists can keep an eye on your abdominal aortic aneurysm and provide treatment if necessary. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online today.